Lanzarote Wineries Tour
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Tour Code: LAN-005
Sample the most distinct wines of Lanzarote at three vineyards that use an unusual method of cultivation to produce award-winning wines out of the volcanic soil.
Your tour starts with a drive to the Stratus Vineyard, also known as Bodegas Stratus, a bodega being the Spanish term for wine cellar. One of Lanzarote's newest wineries, it has already earned a reputation for producing extraordinary wines.
While technologically advanced, the winery still prepares its arid soil using an ancient method employed throughout Lanzarote. First, camels carve funnel-shaped pits in the ground by dragging a log behind them in a circle. The bottom of each pit contains a bed of solidified volcanic ash and one grape vine is then planted per pit and then the ground covered with porous volcanic granules. A small wall is then built around the pit to retain moisture. The results are excellent, as you'll discover through samplings at each winery.
In contrast to Bodegas Stratus being so new, your second winery stop, El Grifo, is the oldest winery in the Canary Islands. Founded in 1775, its award-winning wines include a fruity red with violet tones and a lovely, amber-colored Muscat. All the labels bear a distinct griffin logo designed by the celebrated Lanzarote artist Cesar Manrique.
The third and final winery on the tour is La Geria, perhaps the island's most recognized vineyard as La Geria is also the name of Lanzarote's primary wine-growing region. Large quantities of at least six wines, ranging from dry, semi-sweet and sweet Malvasia, are produced under the La Geria label. Following your visit and tasting, you'll transfer directly back to the pier where your winery tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of easy to moderate walking/standing that includes some gravel surfaces. Additionally, there are some steps to negotiate at the wine cellars. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather-appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.