The vineyards of Lanzarote


Even if it’s hard to believe, the small island of Lanzarote produces a decent quality wine. La Gería is the most known local type of wine. They developed a special technology to fight with the drought (something similar with the banana plantations in Tenerife, if you remember my post regarding this issue): vines in soils of volcanic ash (lapilli, rich in minerals) protected by semi-circular dry stone walls in La Gería region of Lanzarote. Single vines are planted in pits 4-5m wide and 2-3m deep, with small stone walls around each pit. This agricultural technique is designed to harvest rainfall and overnight dew and to protect the plants from the winds. The vineyards are part of the World Heritage Site of Lanzarote. The La Gería wines area sub-zone of the Lanzarote Denominación de Origen wine region. I tried both types of wines: the (semi-) dry, and the dulce (sweet); the winner is (for me) the sweet one which has a full taste and flavor. Unfortunately, due to the full luggage and the stones (and perfumes, haha, you’ll see later in a special post) I was unable to bring a bottle of sweet muscatel wine with me in Madrid, but… who knows, next time… Well, take a look at the incredible volcanic views from the La Gería vineyard. Click on the pictures to see a bigger size (not the full one, which is too big for a blog display, and it’s available only by special requests). Enjoy!

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And now this is the monument Al Campesino (The Peasant’s Monument, made by Manrique:
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