Monday June 18, 2012
Take A Walk In The Winefields
Drink in some great views of the island’s volcanic wine region on a new guided walking tour that transports participants through the history of viniculture on Lanzarote and the unique production processes employed by local bodegas.
Lanzarote’s wine region is a real work of art in its own right – as here vines are protected from the wind and other elements within stone semi circular constructions called zocos’. Whilst the roots of the plants are mulched in black volcanic stone chippings, called picon, creating a highly pleasing and attractive symmetry that is worlds removed from most wine fields on the European mainland.
Lanzarote – and the other Canary Islands – have a proud tradition of wine production that focused heavily on the malvasia grape during the 16th and 17 the centuries, winning plaudits from eminent literary figures such as Shakespeare whilst gracing the tables of many royal courts across Europe.
The island is still home to over 20 bodegas today – most of which are concentrated in and around the main wine growing regions of Masdache and La Geria. And a new walking tour devised by Lanzarote Active Club now allows visitors to explore this rich history in much greater depth, whilst also finding out more about modern day production processes.
The Wine and Gastronomy Tour visits the wine fields of some of the leading bodegas on the island, such as Los Bermejos and Vega de Yuco and also provides walkers with insight into how to best appreciate their produce. With plenty of tastings and the opportunity to also sample some delicious tapas too.
The excursion lasts 7 hours and costs €45 per person and you can find out more about this fascinating tour and make bookings by visiting our Wine and Gastronomy walks page.