To find a volcanic vineyard in your luxury travels is a truly rare and fascinating experience. In summer the bright green vines emerge startlingly from the pitch black volcanic soil. It makes an arresting view and the way the vines are grown is intriguing.
Lanzarote’s geographical location is found in the Atlantic around 125km from the coast of Morocco, with its largest concentration of vineyards set in a bowl beneath the Fire Mountains. These were a group of volcanoes that erupted in the 18th century. If the back story of the local folks is to be believed, it is the farmers’ persistence to plant vines which contributes to the extraordinary landscape the place has today. Most of the vines are grown in volcanic pits as deep as three meters (nine feet). The method of digging these pits, each taking between one and three vines, was devised when residents, exiled by extreme volcanic activity for six years from 1730 to 1736, came back and worked their way up to resume farming in the place which wore a dramatically altered landscape by then. The pits guard the place against the northerly trade winds and each one is reinforced with semi-circular protective walls built from the volcanic clinker. The distinctive walls help to stop the volcanic soil sliding down and burying the vines, even so, twice a year, when pruning and after harvest, workers have to drive out extra picón, the vehement volcanic lava, so the vines stay intact and are not buried under. Working the vines was and remains extremely labor intensive – in the past camels were used on the island to transport tools and to bring in the harvest.
La Geria wine route
Most of Lanzarote’s 2,000 hectares (3,000 acres) of vineyards and its 18 wineries are in the La Geria zone, below the Timanfaya National Park. As an island which enjoys the sub-tropical climate, the difference between day and night temperatures is miniscule. There is very low rainfall, but the picón acts as a sponge, retaining the evening humidity. Vintage volumes vary widely according to how much rainfall there is, but yields are very low indeed, averaging 1.5 tons per hectare. As a Wine Travel Destination, the island has some of the best produce of grapes. The five varieties are dominated by a form of Malvasía named Malvasía Volcánica or Malvasía de Lanzarote. Besides these varieties, there are three more chief whites namely Listán Blanco, Diego and Moscatel de Alexandria. The latter vines date back much as 200 years old as the phylloxera pest has never reached the island. The reason is that rosés and reds Listán Negro are the main grapes. The five wineries on the official wine route are easy to reach by car (rental or taxi) from either the capital Arrecife or Puerto del Carmen, the most popular beach resort of the region. We visited three of the most important bodegas, La Geria, El Grifo and Los Bermejos, and also drank very drinkable wines from two others – Rubicón (no relation to the California winery) and Vega de Yuko.
Being part of such wine travel and tour can turn out to be a enthralling as well as a journey which can have your senses unwind. To book your wine travel, contact Luxury travel operators in Gurgaon.
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For centuries, we have been given to understand that tourism is all about exploring the mere geographical countries and continents that hold the brilliant resources of nature and displays the beauty of heritage and culture. However, when it comes to exploring culture, the wanderlusts have different agendas when it comes to exploring luxury travel destinations. This can be simply enjoying the luxuries of staying at a hotel, go snorkeling in deep seas or climb on the cliff for getting the vibes of a true warrior who has won it all. But there are also a growing number of tipsy travelers who wish to have a laid back outing in their favorite destinations. Thus they have given rise to Wine Travel Destination.
Believe it or not but wine tourism is on the continuous rise with people taking a liking for walking through vineyards, sipping, slurping, talking with winemakers about landscapes, family, grape varieties and, after the fourth glass, the possibility of time travel. The world is fast catching up with this trend and is no more afraid of offending anyone’s line of thoughts which also include hardliners of culture who term it as a taboo to consume wine in the first place. As mentioned earlier, it is the structural change in luxury travels which has brought about this surge in wine tourism.
Furthermore, it goes without saying that we always set out on a luxury tour to relax in every stretch possible. Literally! Imagine visiting a vineyard in the midst damn-near-ideal arrangements of mountains and hills, with vines rising up slopes and rolling towards villages and towns designed for mellow well-being. It is the most perfect and natural ambiance that a globetrotter can ask for. It would not be an aberration that your cultivated taste for wine can be a ticket to exploring the most remote and yet most scenic places around the world.
Some of the top wine destinations in the world conceive of it as the cornerstone of civilization which caters to both material and spiritual needs. Another reason for the boom in Wine Travel Destination is the fact that the countries having such destination have expanded the whole idea of this niche. Previously, it was all about visiting vineyards doing a tasting, leave with a couple of bottles and that was that. But now this narrow set up has been broadened with a bucolic setting, in which people find their own level of wine activity. They can concentrate on tasting and talk, or cycling and walking. Wine is an entrée to all sorts of enjoyment.
Besides, there is also an idea that some of the wines “do not travel” i.e. the wine which you enjoy fresh right in the middle of the mountains may not taste as good in your luxurious penthouse with friends. The reason being that wine tasting is a multisensory activity engaging a plethora of moods, something similar to tasting the food from a different cuisine. Hence, Wine Travel Destination gives you the most fulfilling and satisfactory experience that can be revived for a long time.
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To choose a particular theme for your luxury travels can be quite a job to take over but if you have clarity of thought and precision in planning to mix your passion with travel, it is only going to maximize your fun. The traveler’s milieu is a vast and diverse one and many of them having a liking for wine destination travel. That is right. Even the not so sober and the tipsy have something artsy to explore! Wine lovers rejoice as there is plenty of amazing holiday destinations out there. And it’s not only renowned destinations like France where you can find fine vines to quaff from.
There’s a whole host of dreamy destinations for wine lovers where you can expect to enjoy some of the finest wines and eat food so delicious you’ll never want to leave. Take a look:
- Slovenia- It is one of the more underrated and a lesser known country producing the finest wines of the world. However, the vast majority of the perfectly fermenting juice, usually grape juice is not exportable. Instead, they consume the vast majority of it themselves! Slovenia remains something of a hidden gem of the global wine industry. With three main wine-producing regions – Drava, Lower Sava, and Littoral, you can pick and choose where you take a tour and expect delicious, home-cooked food as well. The city of Maribor is where you’ll find the ancient vine, which only produces around 100 bottles each year. When you need to walk off the wine, head for Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled for fresh air and breathtaking views.
- Stellenbosch, South Africa- Stellenbosch’s wine-producing heritage dates back more than 335 years. No wonder you can have the fabulous glass of vino on your Wine Travel Destination. The destination also speaks of legacy and many legendary tales which makes the entire exploration experience of life. Encompassing over 140 vineyards, you can visit Stellenbosch on a day trip from Cape Town. However to truly enjoy the joys of the area, stay a night or two and enjoy one of the many wine experiences on offer, such as the blending class at Middelvlei Wine Estate. There’s even ‘wine’ blending for children using grape juice instead of the real deal. Don’t let your senses get befooled over the fact that Stellenbosch is famous for wines alone. Equally irresistible are the food on offer. The greatest combo is a chocolate wine pairing.
- Santorini, Greece- Known for those picture-perfect white-washed villas against beautiful blue seas, Santorini offers yet more to the wine-loving traveler. Learn how to use the fresh island ingredients to create beautiful Greek food at the acclaimed Selene Restaurant, in the village of Pyrgos. And top it off with delicious wine with the most indigenous and unique method. The wine is grown in the volcanic soil and the special climate of Santorini. Wine tours at one of the many vineyards are plentiful, but the Art Space – a contemporary art gallery in a winery dating back to 1861, is particularly special as it is located eight meters underground.
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