It is the wine that has placed this winery among the leaders of quality white wines from Lanzarote…
Without a doubt, this is one of the great red wines that is manufactured in the Canary Islands…
Its intense and lively color with an almost burgundy tonality is surprising. The nose gives off minerality…
One of the great wines from the Canary Islands! It is similar in style to the old and famous Canary wines …
The current ownership is the fifth generation of the same family who is at the management of the winery, and has been responsible for its relaunch from 1982 on. Their ancestors bought the winery from the García Durán family in 1880. Their grandfather, Fermín Rodríguez Bethencourt, popularized on the island in the 1930s important innovations as far as modern vinification is concerned: among other things, it pioneered in bottling and he had small tanks made covered with glass tiles (from Belgium) that substituted the wooden containers during the fermentation and conservation of the wine.
Their grandfather, Fermín Rodríguez Bethencourt, popularized on the island in the 1930s important innovations as far as modern vinification
The first sparkling wines
After converting the old installations into a museum, today there is a new winery made from scratch below the ground with stainless steel tanks and a rigorous temperature control, in addition to aging zones and the manufacturing of sparkling wines (it was the first of the Canary Islands to produce them according to the méthode champenoise).
The boost to improve the quality of the wines undertaken in the 21st century –that includes new and surprising productions for an island like Lanzarote– incorporates the collaboration of a multidisciplinary assessment team (such as Nicolas Bernard from the wine department of the University of Montpellier, or the oenologist Xavier Kamio, a true guru of new wines and the winery’s coordinator of research and development).
With this assessment, the El Grifo technical team has determined different criteria for the grape harvesting than those that were performed until then and its treatment in the winery: cooling of the bunches before they are processed, analysis of the conductivity of the must and the possible excess of tannin, lee treatment, use of microoxygenation and protection from oxygen with carbonic anhydride in inert containers, cooling equipment, etc.
■ El Grifo SA
Carretera LZ-30, km 11, 35550 San Bartolomé (Lanzarote), Islas Canarias (España)
Phone number: (34) 928 524 036
● Capacity: 1.200.000 liters.
● Average production: 500.000 bottles/year.
● Exportation: Spanish peninsula, Germany, France, Poland, Canada.
♠ Open to the public from 10:30am to 6pm. Entrance fee according to visiting option (minimum amount 4€).