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Wine Growing Lanzarote

Wine Growing Lanzarote.

I love wine , there I said it loud and proud!

I am no expert but I know a good red and how to avoid a bottle of white vinegar  Of all the regions I have been able to visit to experience grapes on the vine, Lanzarote has always fasinated me more than any other.

On a recent visit to the island I made a point of going into the grape growing areas to capture the ancient technique the growers continue to use to this day.

There are around 18 commercial wineries on Lanzarote with thousands of residents contributing from their small allotments set around their houses.

The grape yield is low so don’t expect to walk into the local supermarket and grab a bottle of the shelf, but find it you will in food outlets. When ordering your bottle of choice be sure to watch the server or owner for the look of pride they have when serving you fare from their island.

The El Grifo Winery is the oldest winery throughout the whole of the Canary Islands dating back to 1775 and still insists on traditional grape growing where possible.

 

Lanzarote’s landscape was transformed in 1730 by a month-long eruption that covered around a third of the land in thick black lava and ash and destroyed the island’s traditional agricultural crops. Forced to innovate, residents devised revolutionary farming methods, which are exclusive to the region.

Wine producers dig wide holes or ditches (approximately 10ft/3m wide and 8ft/2.5m deep) to enable vine roots to reach down below the layer of ash known as lapilli or picon Vines are protected from strong coastal winds by semi-circular stone walls known as zocos or abrigos.


wine growing lanzarote

With this setup modernisation is impossible therefore the vines are still clipped by hand and as I mentioned the grape yield is low annually.

Once you’ve tried a glass of Lanzarote wine, I guarantee you’ll be hunting out the local sauce for the rest of your holiday