The tour also gives you a chance to see how the wines are made. The vineyards themselves also have the distinction of being unlike any you have seen before. What looks like a black moon landscape of volcanic soils gives rise to the grapes that will become each individual masterpiece.
You can certainly go off tour and make your own plans. Start at the oldest winery on Lanzarote. Established a year before the American Revolution, Bodega El Grifo turns raw grapes into fine wines using no machinery. It is all done by hand at this family-owned bodega.
Bodega la Geria also provides tours to patrons who want to get a sense of how these wines are made. Tours start at as little as eight euros, and you get a chance to sip on this year’s vintage while taking in the story of how their wine is produced.
Statvs is our personal favorite though. Although a relatively new winery, and a very small producer, their wines are outstanding and have received numerous international accolades – most notably for their Moscatel Liquor. A must have if you visit them!
As you taste the wines produced from grapes only grown on the island, you might notice that these wines have a flavor that is as unique as Lanzarote itself. Much of this comes from the climate and environment in which the grapes are grown. The volcanic soils are incredibly rich in nutrients. If you think about how volcanic soils of Kona produce world-class coffee, you can start to understand how the rich soils of Lanzarote can produce such a flavorful grape. This volcanic soil also helps to solve a climate issue. Since rainfall is so scarce on Lanzarote, the soils help to moderate the water intake of the vines. The grapes grow slower and therefore can survive periods of drought. The owners of these wineries know how to manage their vines, and will even prune them during drought to keep the vines from becoming dormant.
If you don’t make it to the bodegas, be sure to sample their wines while dining at one of the many restaurants on the island. You won’t be disappointed.