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La Geria Volcanic Landscape

Listed under Extreme Environments in Lanzarote, Spain.

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  • Under the Volcano: Yaiza, Lanzarote
  • Vines in volcanic lava fragments, La Geria, Lanzarote
  • Vines and volcanoes, Lanzarote
  • Traditional Bodega, La Geria, Lanzarote
  • Vines growing on volcanic slope, La Geria, Lanzarote
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The LZ30 road from the village of Yaiza, Lanzarote, towards San Bartolome, passes through a landscape sculpted in black and green - the wine growing region of La Geria.

Volcanoes erupted on Lanzarote in the last century, leaving black lava fields. It looks as if nothing would grow, especially as strong north easterly trade winds often sweep over the land. This unpromising land produces high quality wine due to generations of incredibly hard work .

The growers plant vines in hollows among the lava fragments, known as picon. They build windbreaks with larger pieces of lava . There is very little rain, but the picon has the ability to absorb moisture from dew and fog.

The bright green vines and their windbreaks pattern the black slopes of the extinct volcanoes forming a unique landscape. As you drive along the LZ30, along the way there are traditional, white-painted bodegas. You can stop to sample the wines. They are mostly made from the grape variety Malvasia. It has small white grapes said to have excellent flavour and aroma. I did not get the chance to check this as I was driving, maybe this is a good trip to do as a passenger!

Near the town of Yaiza in south-west Lanzarote

Written by  Jenny Fowler.

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