It can be reasonable that someone could think about Lanzarote as a volcanic land with no so much life in it because of its volcanic origin and the desert landscape. May its inhospitable appearance looks like a
The last Timanfaya’s volcanic activity between 1730 and 1736 has everything to do about the current appearance of the area. The residues and ashes of those eruptions gave to La Geria its distinctive black colour.
The cultivation of vines was possible in here thanks to the inventiveness of man. Cones were dug in the ground with a few meters of diameter. The plants like vines and fig trees are planted in the cones. Thanks to the depth and the little walls around, the plants are covered from wind and the humidity remains in the terrain.
This cultivation technique made possible a spectacular landscape and its a
This area became one of the most important wine regions in the island. With a unique method of cultivation, wines of Lanzarote got in 1993 the Denomination of Origin.
The malvasía grape is the variety most extended in the island because of its better qualities to grow in this particular land.
This kind of winegrowing needs the support of everyone to last, due to its traditional character.
In the ’70s, tourism replaced agriculture as the main economic activity in Lanzarote, and many farmlands were abandoned.
Today, the Salvar La Geria project tries to preserve a unique cultivation model and the land where all this magic happens.
The famous Wine Run, the Malvasia week and many more events belong to this project, always trying to help and to preserve this area.
Visit the vineyards:
You can visit the best wineries, learn how they cultivate and ferment their grapes and taste many wines as you like. Discover a unique and laborious method of producing these special wines.
- Bodegas El Grifo, the oldest one in the Canaries, working already for 240 years.
- Bodegas La Geria, currently, is the most visited of Spain, with an average of 300,000 visits per year.
- Bodegas Rubicon, with plenty awards in Europe, they have at the moment 13 different wines to be tried.
- Bodegas La Florida, with more the 200.000 square meters, they produce the finest wines