Island: Lanzarote

Category: Wine

Products: White, red and rosé wine.

Established in 1775, El Grifo is the oldest winery in the Canary Islands and among the ten oldest in Spain. In fact, they still maintain some 19th century vines that mature on the hillside.

The winery is situated in the protected area of La Geria, in San Bartolome, an area covered with volcanic ash after the eruptions between 1730 and 1736.

After the eruptions, this central part of the island, the most fertile, was covered by lava and volcanic ash. A short time later they began planting grapevines and fruit trees, either by removing part of the volcanic ash or by making holes through the lava (“chabocos”), in order to reach the soil apt for cultivation.

Fire, wind and rock create extreme conditions from which wines with a strong character and personality are born, with which we discover the soul of a land and climate unique in the world.

Due to the low levels of rainfall, the constant tradewinds and impossibility of mechanization, the grapevines grow inside walls made of lava stones and the soil is covered by a layer of volcanic ash which impedes evaporation. Furthermore, all work is done by hand.