Harvest is home, many of the island’s wines are already bottled and there’s no better time to discover what Lanzarote’s wines have to offer.
Goodness from the volcanic soil of Lanzarote.”
The closer you look at a grape the more wonderful it is. A globe of sweetness and flavour that has been created by channeling goodness and moisture from the soil through a system of roots and stems. The resulting fruit is meant to be enjoyed – nature has made it as attractive as possible to birds and animals in order to ensure that the vine’s seeds are distributed as widely as possible.
For wine makers, however, this is just the start of the process. The grapes are pressed and the resulting sweet juice is allowed to ferment, with microscopic bacteria doing their work to transform sugar into alcohol. Many wines are then sold immediately, valued for their fresh, youthful flavour; while others are matured for months or years in wooden barrels that add their own touches of flavour.
On Lanzarote, the grapes absorb the rich minerals that surged to the surface of the earth from the earth’s mantle less than 300 years ago, and precious moisture is preserved by the volcanic gravel called picón.
The favoured grape here is the green malvasia, the starting point for historical wines such as Malmsey, which were usually fortified, sweetened and hugely popular in Elizabethan England. Nowadays, most Lanzarote wines are young, dry or semi-dry whites made from this emblematic grape. They’re perfect for casual drinking, and the ideal match for the light, healthy diet of fish and poultry that abounds on the island.
However, local producers are nothing if not innovative – one look at the landscape of La Geria shows that. As a result, Lanzarote red wines are rapidly improving their reputation, and the island also offers excellent rosés and sparkling cava-style wines, as well as the traditional sweet dessert wines.
Recently, the island has also offered wines whose selling points are that the grapes were picked at night time, or which have been matured under pressure in special casks on the seabed. Packaging and marketing has also improved immensely, and Lanzarote has a select few bodegas that can be considered as boutique wines, aimed at a discerning public with money to spend on fine things. Read more...
But here on Lanzarote, the true home of wine is among friends, with music, laughter and old and young enjoying the very best that the island has to offer. Just lift your glass and say “Salud!”
Five sommeliers from Canada were the special guests of Lanzarote’s Wine Council in early September, as the island attempts to boost the image of Lanzarote’s vintages overseas.
The Canadian wine experts visited various bodegas in the La Geria area, seeing the uniquer cultivation methods at first hand and, of course, sampling various wines.
Rated as some of the most important influencers in the Canadian wine world, the visitors are reported to have been surprised and impressed by Lanzarote’s wine, it’s food and, of course, its landscapes.
First on the Shelf
The Vega De Yuco bodega in Masdache had the honour of being the first wine producer in the Canaries to produce a bottled 2017 vintage. According to the bodega, the 100%, Malvasia, which was announced to have been bottled on 18th august, is, it also the first wine to be produced in Europe and the Northern hemisphere this year.
Vega De Yuco said “the harvest this year took place even earlier than usual, but the quality has been excellent. This wine has charmed us with its characteristic pale straw colour with green tones its intense bouquet of white flowers and fresh apples, and the freshness and sharpness of its youth.”