The volcanic eruptions that occurred between 1730 and 1736 covered a third of Lanzarote in lava and ruined the best agricultural areas. However the wine growers of Lanzarote have utilized the landscape. They have found that the black sand along with the volcanic stone half circle walls preserve the earth’s humidity whilst protecting the vines from the sun and wind.
The “Malvasia” prevails amongst the Lanzarote wines, a small, high quality grape which has perferctly adapted to its environment and conveys its taste and aroma to the wine. Other varieties of Lanzarote wine include: Moscatel, Black and White Listán, Diego, White Burra and Negramoll.
Wine cellars on the island are in fairly close proximity to one another. However to fully enjoy the wine trail the Lanzarote tourist board recommends two particular routes. Both of these trails begin at Monumento al Campesino, the monument to the farmer by artist Cesar Manrique.
Below are two wine trails you can choose from, click on the different trails for further information.
Lanzarote Wine trail
From Monumento al Campesino go halfway around the roundabout and take the exit signposted Tinajo, after 200 metres the Bodega Mozaga is signposted.
Bodega Mozaga – Started in 1880 it is the wide range of wines that give this bodega its own identity, these days the winery produces a number of high quality wines ranging in age.
The bodega has earned such prestigious accolades as the Award for Vino Moscatel Gran Solera Especial 1975 and the Gold Medal in the Vinalies Contest, Paris 1999.
Open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 until 15.00.
From the main road to Mancha Blanca turn right and then head straight on. Approx 1km on you will find Bodega Tinache.
Bodega Tinache – This winery boasts 20 hectares of its own grapevines and is within the boundaries of La Vegueta Spanish Farm next to Tinache Mountain. Located in the municipality with the highest number of grapevines and grape growers, it is in an area where the Malvasia, Tinta Negramoll and Muscat grapes are predominant.
Open from 9.00 until 14.00 and 16.00 until 20.00 everyday.
In the village of Tiagua you will find El Patio, sign posted “Agricultural Museum”.
You can read more about El Patio here.
El Patio – The young and fruity wine produced here is the result of painstaking work by the vine culturists and is on sale exclusively in the museum.
Open from 10.00 until 17.00 Monday to Saturday.
Take the road from the Monumento al Campesino towards Uga you will arrive at Masdache, take the left turn towards Tias, after approx 1km on left hand side you will see Bodega Vega de Yuco.
Bodega Vega de Yuco – Founded in 1997, this wine cellar obtains a quality product by combining traditional methods and new technologies. The layout of the wine cellar, dugout of a small hill, using its different levels allows the grape to be conveyed through all stages until its final conversion into wine.
Open from 7.30 until 15.30 daily.
Located on the road between Tiagua and Mancha Blanca you will find Bodegas La Vegueta.
Bodegas La Vegueta – This wine cellar, which uses totally traditional methods, has only been founded for six years buts its three wine varieties have already been recognized by several awards.
Open from 8.00 until 15.00.
In the municipality of Tinajo, in Mancha Blanca, opposite the church of Los Dolores you will find the Bodega Reymar.
Bodega Reymar – A small family owned wine cellar founded in 1995 uses either its own grapes or those from other small producers in the area.
Open on request.
Finca Las Quemadas is located in La Vegueta in Tinajo.
Finca Las Quemadas – Visits on Saturdays on request.