The Lanzarote wine route is a perfect plan for those who want to discover the long wine tradition of this island. In addition, having such a particular way of cultivation, many of these spots will become your favourite places in Lanzarote.
Vineyard cultivation in Lanzarote
The climatic conditions of Lanzarote have never been most appropriate to cultivate the vine: adverse climatic conditions, the soil is difficult, strong winds that come from the Sahara … However, the people of Lanzarote developed a unique cultivation system that has been in practice for more than 300 years.
On the Lanzarote wine route, the vineyards are cultivated using systems of large holes in the form of an inverted cone or funnel called Lapilli that serve so that the vine can access the fertile soil by crossing the layer of volcanic sand. These holes are covered again and are surrounded by stone walls in a circular shape to protect the plant from the strong winds of the area.
The farmers of the 1730s discovered that the layer of volcanic ash that exists favours the thermoregulation of the land, keeping it always moist, preventing the little rainwater from evaporating and, therefore, having an ideal temperature for cultivation.
The vine can also be cultivated by a ditch system, where the walls, in this case, are linear.
Characteristics of vine cultivation in Lanzarote
The native variety of Lanzarote wine has unique characteristics due to the climatic conditions and the characteristic way of cultivation that we have already seen.
This translates into a perfect blend of acidity and volcanic mineral flavour that makes Lanzarote wine unique.
What grape variety is harvested on the island?
There are different grape varieties that are harvested on the island that are: Malvasía, Moscatel, Diego, Breval, Listán Blanco, Listán Negro, Burra Blanca, Negrammoll and Pedro Ximénez, but the ones that predominate and have the highest quality is the Malvasía.
It comes from a small and white grape, perfectly adapted to the environment that makes it unique in perfume and flavour.
Most of the wine produced in Lanzarote is white, dry, semi-dry, sweet or semi-sweet.
What are the routes available to do the route?
If you are fond of wine routes, you will enjoy the wine routes in Lanzarote.
The most famous wine route in Lanzarote, and in the whole Canary Islands, is the wine route of La Geria.
On this route you will enjoy family wineries such as Bodega Barreto, where you can visit the facilities and taste the wine they produce. Then you will visit the Bodega El Grifo, one of the oldest in the Canary Islands, where you can even visit a museum where you will know the machinery used and a library where this ancient tradition is explained.
La Geria winery is the best located on the island. There you can taste the dry wine of Malvasia. Finally, you can visit and learn about the aging process at the Timanfaya Winery.
On the other hand, there is the Wine Route from Mozaga to Tinache, which begins at the Monumento del Campesino. You can visit the Bodegas de Mozaga, Finca Fajardo and Tinache that accumulate many awards, tradition and good muscatel wine.
How to dress for the Lanzarote wine route?
We recommend that you choose a comfortable look and dark colors, as it is best to hide possible stains in case a little wine drips on your shirt. We also recommend not wearing very wide sleeves for more comfort.
What is the best date to do this tour?
The best months to do the wine route in Lanzarote are from mid-June to mid-October.
How much is the entrance fee and what does it include?
The price range per adult is around € 39 and includes a 5-hour bus route, winery visits and wine and tapas tasting in the area.
If you like wine tourism, you can not miss the different wine routes in Lanzarote. From the Lanzarote Blog we hope you enjoy this side of the island that has so much to offer.