Lanzarote Wine Route

4 hours | Lanzarote (Arrecife) | A C E - 3 0 0
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  • Bodega
Shopping Opportunities, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

The vineyards of Lanzarote, with its little-known grapes, dramatic volcanic soil and high elevation, produce some of the continent's most distinct and delightful artisan wines. Visit several of the region's top wineries, tour its distinctive vineyards and learn more about wine production on this lovely and scenic half-day tour.

Begin the day when you board your comfortable motorcoach and head to the southern part of Lanzarote, known as the Mythic Island for its breathtaking lunar-like landscapes. Gazing out the window, watch the unusual landscapes go by; volcanic and rocky, they have an other-worldly beauty. As you travel, look out for Monumento al Campesino, the Peasant Monument, created by César Manrique to commemorate the hard work of the peasant community of Lanzarote.

Your first destination is the El Grifo Cellar. This is the oldest bodega in the Canary Islands and one of the oldest in Spain, dating back to 1775. A bodega translates to'"wine cellar,' but the word is used when describing a wine shop, tasting room or marketplace. The expansive property boasts more than 100 acres of vineyards, which yield Malvasía grapes as well as the Moscatel and Listán black. A variety of wines are produced here, including white wines, rosés and reds. Growing conditions are unique to the area, where the volcanic ash is shallow and vines can be planted in rows.

The El Grifo name is believed to be a derivative of the griffin, which is a mythical creature, half lion and half eagle. Here, you'll enjoy a tasting of several different wines, learn more about the fermenting process and peruse the small museum, which explores the history of wine.

Continue on to La Geria, an agricultural area so unusual it has been designated 'land art' and a protected natural landscape. Volcanic eruptions in the 1730s covered the land and made it unusable for crops. But farmers have created a way to use the land by implementing small cone-shaped divots that store water for later use a way to sidestep the area's low rainfall.
Wind your way down narrow roads bordered by the dramatic black terrain of the lava fields dotted delightfully by verdant vineyards. The grapes grown in this area will become Malvasia wine, which is most suited to the environment and climate.
Travel to a local cellar where you will have the opportunity to taste the wine that comes from grapes grown on this system of irrigation. Grapes today are still picked by hand, as it is impossible for machinery to get through this crater-filled sand. There are several wineries in this region, all situated in a romantic setting.

From there you will drive back to Arrecife and to the ship.

Special Notes:

The order of the visits may vary but all sites will be visited.

Stops are the same but in different order. It is not possible to visit wine production areas as they are not prepared for public visits.
Tasting will be : 2 small glasses at La Geria cellar and 3 wines at El Grifo .

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Departure from pier to La Geria wine cellar

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30

Visit of the vineyards and wine tasting at La Geria cellar

Time at site:
00:35
Free time at site:
15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
30
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Travel from La Geria cellar to El Grifo

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:15

Visit of the museum, grapes and wines tasting at El Grifo

Time at site:
01:30
Free time at site:
20
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
300
Steps:
10
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Travel from El Grifo to Monumento al Campesino

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:05

Monumento al Campesino : visit of the handcrafts square and the peasant monument

Time at site:
00:35
Free time at site:
25
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
100
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Departure from Monumento al Campesino back to the ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30