Lanzarote and its wine
Lanzarote is Vino Vivo (Living Wine), slow melody of a noble heritage that believes in its dry subtropical climate by the ingenuity of previous generations.
Its people became an ally of the volcanic sands to win up to the last drop from an adverse weather, and has been forged in permanent struggle with low rainfall until decoding the secrets of the freshness the night brings.
Hidden in some cases, up to ten meters deep is the old soil, the fertile mantle, in which its veterans and renewed strains root.
Wine and Art
Already Cesar Manrique, in 1964, when he exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) a selected work at global level for the prestigious shows Architects of Agriculture, on concepts of pure agriculture made by the peasants of Lanzarote, disseminated to the world the peculiar spectacle that shapes the landscape in the cultivation of grapes on the Island of Volcanoes. Overwhelming, unique and unmistakably, The Geria, cultivation area par excellence, thus became what is called a Land-Art. Now recognized as a protected natural area or in a Biosphere Reserve.
A different culture
The great eruption of 1730-36 covered one third of the island and disabled its best growing areas. The benefactor mantle of black sand which, along with the walls of volcanic stone, makes a thermoregulatory function, preserves vegetation soil moisture both from the high sunshine and the almost constant prevailing wind. The work of the vineyards are conducted in a entirely manual way as the frame of harvest prevents mechanization and irrigation. Artisanal process from planting the rods to the gathering of the grapes. Malvasia predominates, its a grape variety well suited to the enviroment, small and of high quality for its balance, flavor and fragrance that then moves to the wine. It is precisely this grape which gives the wine of Lanzarote its nuance, mainly white gold. Other varieties are: Muscatel, white and black lists, Diego, and Burra White Negramoll.
Bodegas de Lanzarote
Designation of Origin
In 1993 is born the Regulatory Counsel or the Board of the Designation of Origin
Wines of Lanzarote with their distinctive certificate of origin ensures the quality of the wines that are produced on the island. When you uncork a bottle of wine with the designation of origin Wine of Lanzarote; you are contributing directly to safeguard and maintain our landscape. These are wines that belong to The following wineries who stick to the Control Board:
Barreto - Castle Guanapay - The Grifo - Eligio Perdomo - Finca Fajardo - Finca The Burned - The Geria - Mozaga - Reymar - Rubicon - Timanfaya - Tinache - Vega de Yuco.
Lanzarote wine tasting
The Canary Islands Tourism Board, Lanzarote Regional Goverment (Cabildo de Lanzarote) and Denominacion de Origen Vinos de Lanzarote are highly promoting the wine sector in the island with an overwhelming response. Six wineries in collaboration with ten hotels have offered customers the chance to discover the peculiarities of grape collection and wine production. Also they promote the excellence of Lanzarote wine through tasting of three different wines varieties. Highly satisfied customers have consolidated this first experience and a calendar of wine related events has been confirmed for 2011.