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Amalia
Malvasia dry

Sorted from the best Malvasias of the winery that are manipulated in stainless steel and wood containers over their own lees lees in order to achieve density…
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Rubicon
Moscatel sweet wine

An unusual Moscatel style in Lanzarote, where it is more common to first dry the grapes to make raisins and then manufacture the wine and fortify it with alcohol…
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Worldwide, La Geria district is perfectly well known as a unique vine growing region on an overwhelming landscape of volcanic ash. There are various wineries in this territory, some of them centuries old. One of them is Rubicón, the oldest in the area. Its lands, its building and even the close-by chapel are, indeed, what is left of an estate where the name La Geria comes from.

The old winery, underground, accommodates today new barrels for aging and sweet wines.

The oldest document with the name La Geria is dated from 1570, when Marcos Verde, Justa Melián, Diego Vázquez and Margarita Ruiz signed the sale of the “Cortijo de La Geria” (La Geria country house) to the reverend Luis de Bethencourt (that year’s “vicar and beneficiary of Lanzarote”), according to the investigation Bodegas Rubicón conducted. On the Canary Islands, an estate that is called “cortijo” (country house) are those dedicated to the animal husbandry, although they might as well work as farmers. In the 17th century this one was a prosperous country house that had passed into the hands of the archpriest Diego de Laguna who, in 1698, had ordered to build La Caridad chapel.

the wealth of the estate where they used to grow diverse cereals was literally buried during the terrible volcanic eruptions that occurred between 1730 and 1736

Vista nocturna del histórico edificio que alberga a Bodegas Rubicón./ Foto T. GONÇALVES
Night view of the historical building that houses Bodegas Rubicón.

However, the wealth of the estate where they used to grow diverse cereals was literally buried during the terrible volcanic eruptions that occurred between 1730 and 1736. The Geria country house had already disappeared from sight in December of 1730, covered with volcanic ash, but they had been able to dig up some of the premises and the very chapel which, even today, remain exactly the same as when they were built.

“Right here, in the monks’ property, as of 1735 the cultivation of La Geria in hollows started”, Alberto González, oenologist of Bodegas Rubicón guides us through the place. “If you walk around the estate you can find the oldest vines of La Geria, over 300 years old, ungrafted and huge trunks –he continues–. They began to make hollows and the people started to talk about ‘the hollows of the Geria country house’ and finally everything turned into Geria and everything is hollows”.

La sala de cata ‘vuela’ transparente en el interior de un antiguo aljibe./ Foto T. GONÇALVES
The tasting lounge ‘floating’ transparently in the inside of an old cistern.

Alberto González, oenologist:
“If you walk around the estate you can find the oldest vines of La Geria, over 300 years old, ungrafted and huge trunks”

In 1979, Germán López Figueras purchases the declining estate, giving the winery back its former splendor, albeit in modern facilities. Today, Bodegas Rubicón produces a wide range of wines under the cloak of two brands: Rubicón and Amalia. “Rubicón is the elementary wine (red, white, semi-sweet) and Amalia is the high-end (a dry Malvasia grape of 300 years, extreme ripeness, minerality; a red with a firm pressing and aged eight month in barrel; and a limited edition signature wine, smoother with only two months in barrel, from Listán negro, Tinta conejera, Tintilla and some Syrah grapes)”, explains the oenologist Alberto González. And the sweet jewels, Rubicón Moscatel and Sweet Gold.

Germán López Figueras SL (Bodegas Rubicón)
Carretera Teguise-Yaiza, 2 (La Geria), 35570 Yaiza (Lanzarote)

Phone number: (34) 928 173 708
Email: rubicon@bodegasrubicon.com
Homepage: http://bodegasrubicon.com/

● Capacity: 400.000 liters.
● Average production: 200.000 bottles/year.
● Exportation: United States of America.

♠ Open to the public from 9am to 8pm. Entrance fee according to the visit (minimum amount 5€).
♣ There is a museum, a shop, a restaurant and a tasting lounge.
♥ Activities: Exhibition hall.

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