Since 1993, Lanzarote has had a Regulatory Board or Denominacíon de Origen (D.O.), by the name Vinos de Lanzarote. It was introduced to implement strict rules, from vineyard management all the way through to bottling, thereby increasing and then certifying the highest quality.
Today, there is a real buzz around the D.O., with 21 wineries and nearly 2,000 viticulturists registered. International music and sporting events, among other dates throughout the year, are used to promote the best of Lanzarote´s wines. With very little production and exportation (around 10% leaves the Canaries) the wines further stand out with some beautiful bottle designs.
With 2,000 registered viticulturists out of a population of just 150,000, winemaking really is in the lifeblood of Lanzarote. It’s a real passion and tradition, that has been passed down through generations. While many of these farmers make family wine, excess grapes are sold to the larger wineries. For instance, our first 3 producers listed below, each buy from over 250 individual farmers every year. The management, grape analysis and harvest is all carefully overseen by the respective winery, ensuring optimum quality.
Maximum Production – 700,000 Litres
The winery of Los Bermejos in its current model was founded in 2001. Even though the enterprise is recent, the building dates back to an 18th century estate, which was once owned by one of the Island’s influential families. Since 2001 they have grown significantly from their first harvest of just 60,000 kilograms. They are now producing 14 different, all native and unblended wines with the same ethos, keeping the ingredient pure and fully respecting it through the entire winemaking process. Bermejo was the first winery to capture the imagination of the wine drinker by introducing a unique bottle design, which has led a wave of bodegas on the Island to follow suit.
Production – 500,000 Litres
Vega De Yuco winery was established in 1997 and sits in the valley between Masdache and Montaña Blanca. Their aim is to produce fine wine, which expresses both quality and personality by combining traditional methods, with the newest technology. Their winery was revolutionised on the introduction of the Yaiza brand, and the Island’s now famous blue bottle in the early 2000’s.
Their winemaker and enologist, Tomas Mesa, is from a well-known family of winemakers in Tenerife. Engulfed in the world of wine from a young age, he now finds himself as one of the top viticulturists and winemakers in the Canary Islands.
Production – 1.200.000 Litres
El Grifo was founded in 1775, making it the oldest winery in the Canary Islands and one of the 10 oldest in the whole of Spain. El Grifo has been owned by the same family for 5 generation and over the years it has been the major innovator on Lanzarote. It regularly brought over modern-day equipment from the continent and in the early 1980’s it was the first to bring in stainless-steel vats, which has gone on to revolutionise modern day winemaking. Always pushing the boundaries, since the 2019 vintage they have began to experiment with cultivated yeasts from their own vineyard, in some of their wines bringing an extra authentic touch.
Production – 100,000 Litres
Bodega Vulcano, with its stylish winery based in Tias was established in 2009. The current owner and winemaker Victor, is the 5th generation of winemaker in his family. Their concept of making wine has always been traditional yet in a boutique style, making wines both with identity and soul. They specialise in producing young wines, by having several fermentations throughout the year, to keep exquisite quality and freshness. The must is kept in a temperature controlled ‘must bank’ (unfermented grape juice) and then processed as and when required. They were the pioneers in this process on the Island and now may other wineries have followed suit.
All of the wines at Bodega Vulcano are officially certified as Vegan, due to their type of clarification and filtration processes. They are the only winery on Lanzarote with this certification.
Production – 50,000 litres
Martinon started producing wine in 2006, aspart of a family love affair with the unique vineyards of La Geria. This artisan project aims to produce exceptional wines that represent the authenticity and personality of La Geria,while also showcasing innovation. The Blanc de Noirs for example was the first wine of its style produced on the Island.
Now owned by Eduardo Martinon (Jnr), thanks to his sister Carmen the wines have been collecting many awards on a national and international scale over recent years.
Production – 400,000 litres
The building where Rubicon stands is the oldest of the world famous La Geria wine region. The land, building and close-by chapel are the remains of the country house known as “La Geria” that gave the region its name and predates the volcanic eruptions of Timanfaya.
Between 1730 and 1736, the estate fell victim to Lanzarote’s worst period of volcanic eruptions, leaving it completely covered in volcanic ash. Luckily, they were able to dig up parts of the premises and the chapel itself, which to this day remains in its original state. It is said that there, in 1735, the famous cultivation of La Geria first began. Thanks to this, it’s home to some of the oldest vines in la Geria.
The Bodega as we know it today began in 1979, in the hands of Don Germán López. Since 2009, the bodega has been restored with modern facilities, while conserving its heritage. Now, Bodega Rubicón produce a wide range of wines through two different brands: Rubicón and Amalia.
Maximum Production – 7,000 Litres
Primo de Lanzarote is a project that began in 2017 to become the first vermouth produced on Lanzarote. It is the brainchild of its main protagonist Davide Musci, who backed by two friends, was encouraged to commercialise his near lifelong hobby and passion.
These three Italian friends investigated and explored traditional Canary Islands recipes, until they created an original recipe for what was to be the first vermouth on the Island, hence its name ‘Primo’. To make it special, they experimented with different autochthonous herbs and plants such as coriander, Canarian sage, saffron, prickly pear, Canarian oranges, etc. The wine used is premium quality from a D.O. winery on the Island and is a blend of Malvasia Volcánica and Diego grapes, providing a further unique touch.
Canarian rum is considered one of the best in the world. Thanks to their location, the Canary Islands have been an important pit stop for many travellers and shipments for centuries, including the first shipments of sugar cane between nations. Sugar cane thrives in this climate, and since then, one of it’s by products, rum, has become an important part of Canary Island identity, culture, and tradition.
Founded in 1940 and named after a native Canarian King from the XV century, Artemi is the creator of a traditional rum recipe tailored to the Canarian palate. This brand takes pride in its Canarian heritage and culture and is particularly well known for its Honey Rum. Today, Artemi is 100% Canary based, and now a member of the Arehucas Distilleries Group which dates back to 1884.
Cerveza Nao is the brainchild of Miguel Lasso, a local of the Island who in 2016 set up his state-of-the-art brewery and brew pub in a refurbished warehouse in the old fishing district of Arrecife. After owning a successful marketing and advertising business, he sold out and combined his passion of marketing and great beer! Since 2016 his project has gone from strength to strength, driven by the quality of his award-winning beers and his drive to put local craft beer into the mainstream in the Canary Islands. Never scared to experiment and collaborate, the product range has evolved and changed over recent years. In the past year Miguel has successfully collaborated with UK brewery Mondo Brewing, both here on Lanzarote and back in London. As an Island in the middle of the Atlantic, nothing is straightforward in Lanzarote and that is the same inside the brewery. The brewing water is filtered and remineralised seawater and to give an additional Canarian twist, local unmalted grain is added alongside the malt in all the beers to add to the persistent head characteristics.
Lanzaloe is a company that is devoted to the creation of products based on Aloe Vera. They combine the knowledge and tradition with the latest technologies, putting all the benefits Aloe Vera has to offer in their clients´ hands. In 2011 a collaboration agreement was signed with the Regulatory Council of the Designation of Origin of Wines of Lanzarote and Lanzaloe. At this point Lanzaloe decided to develop a line of cosmetic and personal care products by combining the juice of fresh organic Aloe Vera leaves with the most famous Lanzarote Denomination of Origin wine varietal, the Malvasía Volcanica. Two years later, they launched the line of Vinoterapia Malvasía Volcánica, becoming pioneers in launching a line with these characteristics and ingredients. The line is designed to provide elasticity and firmness to the skin, slowing down cell aging, giving it a healthier appearance and promoting microcirculation. Living in a proclaimed "Biosphere Reserve" by UNESCO, they are aware of the importance of preserving the environment. They are committed to a strict ecologic agricultural process that is environmentally friendly and concerned about the plant cycles. None of the products are tested on animals.
On the southwest coast of Lanzarote, at the foot of the volcanic National Park of Timanfaya, and exposed to the strong sun, waves and wind, the award winning Janubio salt crystals are obtained. Using traditional salt beds that date to 1895, the manual artisan process has been passed down for generations, and to this day, the enterprise is family owned.
The marine and volcanic nature of the island adds an exquisite flavour, that speaks to the high quality of the salt. On the other hand, its artisanal methods create an amazing landscape that represents an authentic salt garden and focuses on the cleanliness of the products, while ensuring there are no microplastics in them.
Salinas de Janubio takes pride in its Canarian heritage and its importance in the island’s trading history, when before refrigeration much of the salt was used to preserve fish for their voyages.