Bodegas El Grifo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Bodegas El Grifo is the oldest winery in the Canary Islands and is among the ten oldest in Spain, Bodegas El Grifo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Bodegas El Grifo is the oldest winery in the Canary Islands and is among the ten oldest in Spain, Bodegas El Grifo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

 

The third winery we visited in Bodega La Geria, near Parque Nacional de Timanfaya (Timanfaya National Park) [see our previous two posts] was our favorite.  Bodegas El Grifo is the oldest winery in the Canary Islands and is among the ten oldest in Spain.  The winery has been a family operation since 1775.

 

The palm tree that presides over the estate dates back to 1775 -- it is probably the tallest and oldest on the island; Bodegas El Grifo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

The palm tree that presides over the estate dates back to 1775 — it is probably the tallest and oldest on the island; Bodegas El Grifo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

 

All management of the vineyard is done by hand – there are no harvesting machines and tractors, etc. cannot navigate through the fields, as each vine is planted within a protecting wall to keep the northerly winds off the vines.  Total production of the winery is approximately 500,000 bottles per year (about 40,000 cases).

 

The pre-Phylloxera varietal grape vines are planted on their original rootstock -- there has been no Phylloxera on the island; Bodegas El Grifo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

The pre-Phylloxera varietal grape vines are planted on their original rootstock — there has been no Phylloxera on the island; Bodegas El Grifo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

 

A layer of lava gravel prevents evaporation; Bodegas El Grifo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

A layer of lava gravel prevents evaporation; Bodegas El Grifo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands.jpg

 

A photograph from the winery shows the vines' growth from pruning back after harvest to full growth just prior to the next harvest; Bodegas El Grifo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

A photograph from the winery shows the vines’ growth from pruning back after harvest to full growth just prior to the next harvest; Bodegas El Grifo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

 

Of all the wines we tasted on the island, the 2014 Bodegas El Grifo Malvasia Colleccion Fermentado en Barrica (fermented in the barrel) was the best.  In fact, it was quite good and comparable to the best Malvasia wines that we drank last summer along the coast of Croatia.  We bought some of this wine to enjoy over the summer…

 

The cactus garden at Bodegas El Grifo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

The cactus garden at Bodegas El Grifo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

 

A cactus that looks like a sculpture in the cactus garden at Bodegas El Grifo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

A cactus that looks like a sculpture in the cactus garden at Bodegas El Grifo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

 

2 thoughts on “Bodegas El Grifo, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

  1. That palm tree is getting on to almost 250 years! Unless it’s origin is “folklore”.

    It looks so dry there it’s amazing the wine was one of the best.

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  2. I’ve enjoyed all your photos of the Canary Islands. A fascinating place. I’ll have to talk Tom into visiting. Hope you’re recovering well. Take good care….
    celeste

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