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Bodega El Grifo - Museo del Vino
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Wine Museum is the oldest winery in the Canary Islands and one of the ten oldest in Spain. The current owners are the fifth generation of a family who bought it from another family in 1880. It's placed in the protected zone of "La Geria" which was covered with lava and ash after the volcanic eruptions from 1730 to 1736. Inside, you will find wine presses, pumps, crushers, stills ... etc., everything from the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. We invite you on a walk through our vineyard in the heart of la Geria and to taste our Wines. Come and visit our winery, we will be pleased to attend you
Stockport, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit!”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

Lot's of lovely wineries in the La Geria region but i think El Grifo is the best. Very interesting in how they grow the vines, some of them are placed in holes in the ground, with circulare walls around them to protect them from the wind on the island. El Grifo changed this & now grows them in straight lines. Very nice wine, got to try 6 of them with lovely cheese & crackers!

Visited November 2012
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“Not really sure”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Really not sure what was meant to happen here but other than paying to enter then paying to sample 4 wines it was over, would have been much better if you saw the processes and had a chance to crush grapes!

Visited June 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Muy bien!”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

Seriously, if you enjoy wine, are interested in how it is made on Lanzarote (or rather how it was made), then visit El Grifo, the oldest extant winery on the island. It's the most northerly of the various bodegas that you can visit in the La Geria area of the island. You can recognise it instantly because of the characteristic Griffons on the gateposts.

La Geria is the famed winegrowing area of Lanzarote, where the winegrowers protect their vines by building (normally) semi circular walls around a sloping sided hole in the soil, where the vine is planted. The ground is covered in picon (the sharp volcanic gravel) onto which the dew gathers, and drains down towards the vine at the foot of the hole. A clever way to maximise any available water in this dry island.

You'll see the wine growing circles from end to end of La Geria.

The road through La Geria from Uga up to San Bartolome has been greatly improved over the last 7 or 8 years and is now a good, well marked road. Don't go mad on it though, as there are some tricky bends, and plenty of opportunities to become a cropper.

So, El Grifo. Some of the best wines on the island. A good shop, with various wine tasting opportunities which are very reasonable. There is a museum, which has, again, improved in recent years, with more signage in English which does help with the more arcane explanations of 17th century oenology!

The shop also sells branded items from bottle openers to wine glasses (sadly these are no longer crystal, but merely glass). If you enjoy El Grifo wine, get it here, as it's quite expensive!

Definitely the smartest bodega on the island, and, as with most things, you get what you pay for.

Not one for kids (obviously), it's not geared up for them, they can't participate in the tasting, and the museum wouldn't really interest them, and there's nowhere to leave them.

Visited March 2012
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Puerto Del Carmen, Spain
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“A taste of Lanzarote”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

I went with a friend who lives locally. We were given a choice of wines to taste along with some local cheese & crackers. Even at this time of year we were able to sit outside and take our time with the tasting. The area of La Geria is stunning with its volcanic landscape, and now I know what the semi-circular rock bays are for - viticulture!

Visited February 2012
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Uk
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“Excellent wine tasting experience”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

Really wished I hadn't driven here! They offer a six wine tasting tray with some bread and cheese for 9 euro's which was about the same as other places, but the wine is by far the best on the island (in my opinion anyway from tinsy sips and a bottle of the red later). The shop sells the wine, cheese and other produce/gifts. The wine is very competitively priced in the shop (annoyingly, half what I later paid at the airport but I didn't want to risk red wine in my hold luggage!) We didn't take the tour as it would have been a bit costly for 10 of us when the kids wouldn't have really enjoyed it, but we were made very welcome byt he staff and sat on the terrace to enjoy the tasting, which was lovely.

Visited July 2012
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