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You will  taste  some  Lanzarote  wines Wine  making  in  the  Canaries  began  at  the  end  of  the  15th  Century  after  the  conquest  of  the  Islands  of  Gran  Canaria,  Tenerife  and  La  Palma. The  discovery  of  America  caused  the  shift  from   the  cultivation  and   processing  of   sugar   cane  to  the  introduction  of   vines  in  order   to   supply  wine  to  the   fleets  that  left  from  here  to  the  west  (also  wheat,  which  together  with  oil  made  up  the  Mediterranean  diet). In  the  16th  Century,  wine  was  the  most  important  product  for  export. Neither   Lanzarote  nor  Fuerteventura  had  proper  conditions   for   wine  cultivation  at  this   latitude  -­‐  29th   parallel  (the  other  islands  were  blessed   with  a   more   favourable   altitude);   however,  despite   the   scarcity   of   rainfall   (150cm/year)   and   the   constant   trade   winds   that   whipped  over   the   plants,   the   system  they  adapted  led  to  their  reputation  as  "the  vineyard  of  the  impossible". Lanzarote  is  an  "Apellation  d'Origine"  wine  producing  area,  which  includes  a  dozen  vintners. The  wines  of  Lanzarote   are  of   excellent  quality  and   whoever  drinks  them   participates  directly  in  not   only  maintaining  the   rural  tradition,  but  also   the  singular   landscape  of  La  Geria,  unique  in  the  world,  resulting  from  the  peculiar  system  used  by  the  growers  to  extract  this  vital  juice  from  the  earth. For  inexplicable  reasons,  phylloxero   (insect  disease)  has  not  come   to  the  Canaries.  Root  stalks  can  therefore  be   planted   directly  into   the  ground  without  the   necessity  of  stalk  grafting. During  the   first  hundred  years  (since  1737),  most   of  Lanzarote's  wines  were  destined  for  liquor,  which  the  merchants  of  Tenerife  acquired   by   adding  them   to   their  wines. Although  Lanzarote  was  the  last   island  of  the  Canaries  to   enter  wine  growing,  it   nevertheless  has  the  oldest  cellar  in  the  Archipelago  -­‐  El  Grifo   -­‐  which  has  been   producing  wine  continuously  since  at  least  1775  (according  to  the  date  of  the  inscription  on  one  of  the  covered  tubs).

Types of  wines  produced  in  Lanzarote VOLCANIC MALVASIA WINE: The new name for the variety better known as Lanzarote Malvasia. It is most likely a variety of Canarian origin as everything suggests it comes from a blend between the Aromatic Malvasia (of Greek origin) and Marmajuelo. It is a productive variety of white grape, with light aromatic touches and average maturation. The leading variety among the Lanzarote Malvasia wines, it is also cultivated on other islands under the name of Malvasia, Malaga or Sebastian Garcia.

MOSCATEL WINE: The Alejandria Moscatel is cultivated on Lanzarote under the name Moscatel, a variety which is present in all wine-growing areas of the world and has been known about for centuries. It is used both as a table grape and for winemaking. With late and irregular budding and a tendency to bleed, it grows in clusters with large berries which provide the typical Moscatel aroma, and is therefore highly prized in the production of both single-varietal wines as well as coupages with neutral varieties.

RED WINE: The red wine is a type of wine coming mostly from grape must inks, including development relevant for the dissemination of material containing dye the skins of the grapes. Depending on the time of aging that takes place in barrel and bottle, leads to get young wines, crianzas, reservations or large reserves. Once in the cave there are two methods: the carbonic maceration, with whole grapes and confined (traditional harvesters, for early trade) and another in which eliminates the scraping No breaks and bunch of grapes before fermentation yeast (used by companies bodegueras, for use in breeding).

jueves 17 de noviembre de 2011



Culinary vacations with wine & cheese tastings in Lanzarote island, Canary Islands, Spain.