March 10, 2021

An eruption of flavour

For travellers looking for something completely different when it comes to wine tourism, nothing can beat Lanzarote, Spain.

Vine-growing on the island is an impressive example of sustainability and adaptation to the natural conditions. The vineyards grown on volcanic sands constitute a startling and fascinating scene: a beautiful landscape which would become a work of art in 1964 in the exhibition of photographs “Architecture without Architects” at MoMA New York.

A visit to any of the Lanzarote’s wineries brings up many other curiosities about wine production on the island. For example, all the work has to be done by hand, because the planting system does not allow for mechanisation and irrigation. And there are two forms of cultivation, in pits and in trenches, which are both equally ingenious and original.

The visit also gives the opportunity to enjoy the different wine varieties made on Lanzarote. Malvasía wines are traditional, mainly white, although there are some reds and rosés.

An eruption of flavour

Photo: Lanzarote vineyard – Photo by Dimitri Houtteman / Unsplash