21st Jul 2022 @ 8:53 am

Lanzarote’s wine harvest, which officially opened on 6th July, is now underway as various bodegas begin to bring in this year’s grape crop.

Lanzarote’s is the earliest wine harvest in Europe, and the first grapes to be gathered are the island’s emblematic malvasia volcánica strain, which will be used for young dry white wines. Later, listán blanco, listán negro and other varieties of grape will be brought in.

The bodegas of Puro Rofe, Vega de Yuco, Vulcano, El Grifo, La Geria y Los Bermejos are the first to gather grapes, as they ripen most quickly in the La Gería zone, but other areas will soon join in.

The harvest for this year is likely to be smaller than last year’s, due to hot days in winter and a cooler spring than usual, but is still expected to exceed the 1.3 million kilos of 2020.

The sweet moscatel table grapes that are such a pleasure of Lanzarote’s summer months are likely to appear in the shops in a few weeks time.

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