The Canary Islands are one of the most interesting Spanish wine regions. This is, of course, due to the volcanic terroir. On infertile soil, grapevines have to work all the harder. The wines from the soil of petrified lava and ash here not only taste like fruit, but also have earthy, mineral aromas and nice acidity. - TEXT EDITORS | IMAGE PEXELS.COM
Wine region La Geria | Lanzarote
But another special feature is that the devastating phylloxera, or phylloxera vastatrix, which was prevalent in Europe in the 19th century, never made its way here to affect the vines. So on the islands, they don't need American rootstocks to plant the vines on, which is the case elsewhere.
Tenerife is home to many interesting wine projects, but the very best wine - from malvasia grapes - and the very best picture offers Lanzarote. The lunar landscape, the white villages and bodegas, the special vineyards against the slopes of the volcano.
First, a geria, a pit is dug several metres deep and the vine is planted in it. Around it, the vintners build walls of lava stones in a crescent shape, as protection from the wind. From the air, the rows of cavities look like a marble track! Unesco declared the whole area a protected nature reserve.
You can read more about the Canary Islands in the latest WINELIFE edition 77. Order this one here!
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