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SWEET SUCCESS More Gongs For El Grifo's Malvasia

Wednesday April 27, 2016

SWEET SUCCESS More Gongs For El Grifo's Malvasia

Lanzarote’s oldest bodega, El Grifo, picked up yet another wine award this week, walking off with three Gold Medals at the prestigious Malvasia World event, which was held in Istria, Croatia.

Whilst Lanzarote today produces a wide range of different grape varities sweet Malvasia wine occupies an important historical position in Canarian viniculture, as during the 16th and 17th centuries it became Europe’s top tipple. Gracing the tables of monarchs across the continent whilst also earning the praise of William Shakespeare, who name-checked malmsey, as it was then known, in dozens of his best known plays.

Over the centuries Malvasia cultivation has flowed from its initial base in the Canaries, Balaerics and Madeira to most wine growing nations around the world and is now grown and bottled everywhere from Australia to Brazil.

Yet despite this growth in competition El Grifo’s dry, semi sweet and barrel fermented Malvasia’s were all deemed worthy winners of a prestigious Gold Medal from the judging panel.

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