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Enjoy A Taste of the Canaries At El Grifo

Friday June 10, 2011

Enjoy A Taste of the Canaries At El Grifo

El Grifo, the oldest bodega in the Canary Islands, has picked up another top award. As their Malvasia Canari wine has been awarded the Prestige Medal at the recently held 'Les Citadelles du Vin' competition in Paris.

Canari was the only Canarian wine to be selected for a prize at this prestigious event, which is organized by the International Organization of the Vine and Wine (OIV) and was chosen from more than three hundred wines from five continents.

The Malvasia Canari is a mixture of traditional wines from the seasons of 1956, 1970 and 1997 at the El Grifo bodega, fermented in vintage oxidized barrels. This combination gives the wine a mature bouquet and an amber colour. Along with a punchy ABV of 17% and the character of a fortified wine.

In terms of its flavour, the liquor is noted for hints of dried fruit, orange peel and orange blossom. On the palate, the wine is smooth and fresh with a rounded sweetness and a well balanced acidity.

As well as winning this award, Malvasia Canari was also the prize winning wine at the World Competition for Malvasia Vines, held in Croatia in May this year, bringing the total number of medals obtained by the bodega at international competitions in 2011 to four. Whilst in the past Canari has also won the Gold Medal, at the 2007 International Wine and Spirit Championship in London (the Oscars of the wine world).

Tourists can pick up a bottle of this award winning wine by visiting the El Grifo bodega, which is located just three kilometres away from the landmark of the Monumento al Campesino in Mozaga. Follow the LZ30 from the Monumento, which is located just outside San Bartolome and follow the road in the direction of Masdache, Uga and La Geria. The Museum is clearly signposted on your right hand side.

Here visitors can also enjoy a tour of the bodega's excellent Wine Museum, which is open seven days a week from 10.30 to 18.00

Guided tours take place every day at the following fixed times: 11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 12.30, 13.00, 15.00, 15.30, 16.00, 16.30 and 17.00. And visitors can choose from two tour packages. The standard tour costs €3 per person and features one free tasting. Whilst the superior tour costs €5 per person and features a more in-depth tasting session, featuring five wines, cheese and crackers.

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