Denominacíon de Origen
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.
Winemaker - Daniel Martín
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.
Vega De Yuco
Winemaker – Tomas Mesa
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.
Winemaker – Jorge Rodriguez
Maximum 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.
Winemaker and Owner – Victor Diaz
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.
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.