Lanzarote's mineral-rich volcanic soils are the key to its excellent wines. This morning tour takes you to two wineries to sample some of their award-winning organic wines. Plus, you'll also the visit Monumento del Campesino for a tapas tasting. Teresa, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘Our island's wines are the fruit of our ingenuity in harnessing the destruction wrought by Mother Nature into an art – a common thread that weaves together islander and landscape.'
After pick-up, you'll head to the family-owned Bodega La Geria. It's set amid a haunting landscape of scorched earth and solidified lava fields that are pockmarked by circular cavities, known as ‘socos'. Here, vines are shielded from the winds by horseshoe-shaped stone walls, while the humidity retained by the ash helps them grow in this harsh climate. Enjoy a guided tour of the winery and taste some of its prized Malvasia wines.
Next, just a few volcanoes up the road, is Bodegas El Grifo – the oldest winery in the Canaries. Housed in a colonial-style hacienda surrounded by cacti, it's been producing wines since 1775. Owned by the Garcia Duran family, its wines are regular prize winners. Rounding off the tour is Monumento del Campesino, designed by legendary Lanzarote architect Cesar Manrique. Built in his trademark style that fused whitewashed structures with volcanic bubbles and exotic plants, it's a joy to explore. Browse its handicraft stalls, taste local delicacies and learn about the island's traditions.