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  • La Palma Spain


    La Palma WinesLa Palma wine and region

    Granted DO status since 1994, there are three sub- areas of Hoyo de Mazo (south-eastern hills of Santa Cruz de La Palma through to Mazo), Fuencaliente- Las Manchas (south-western hills of Tazacorte to Fuencaliente), and the northern area of Tijarafe to Puntallana.

    The vineyards are sited on black volcanic soil at heights of between 328 and 3,280 feet(200 and almost 1,000 metres). Because of the strong winds, the vines are each planted individually inside a shelter of a stone wall in a slight depression in the ground. The climate is sub-tropical but with strong maritime influences (La Palma is the most westerly island of the Canaries).

    The Malvasia from the grape of the same name is available as seco, semi-dulce, or dulce.

  • Lanzarote Spanish Wine


    Lanzarote wine region

    Lanzarote Spanish WineThe territory of the Lanzarote DO includes the majority of that island. Lanzarote was promoted to DO status in 1994. The soil here in the vineyards too is black and volcanic in origin, known locally as picón. Each vine is planted separately in a small depression which is protected by a low circular stone wall. This is necessary to prevent damage by the strong winds, especially the Sirocco from the Sahara, that can be devastating. The depressions surrounded by their little walls give the landscape a somewhat surrealistic appearance from a distance. The vines are planted at 400-500 per hectare. For a decade now there have been good white, rosé, and red Spanish wines made for the tourists. Although these wines are well worth tasting, the true strength of the island lies in the superb Muscatel and Malvasia wines. The Muscatel is available as dulce and licoroso.

  • Málaga Spanish Wine


    Málaga wine and region

    Malaga Spain wineThe Málaga DO is situated in the province of the same name and consists of two zones: the western one on the coast near Estepona and a northern one around the town of Málaga as far as the borders with the provinces of Granada en Córdoba. Only this latter area is of any interest. Although Málaga officially makes seco (dry) and abocado (medium sweet) wines, the area is better known for the honey sweet Málaga Dulce. The wine came to fame through British visitors during the Victorian era. The soil constituency of the two areas differs slightly.

    There is underlying chalk bedrock virtually throughout the area with chalk-bearing upper layers but on the coast there is rather more ferruginous clay interspersed with mica and quartz. The climate is definitely Mediterranean on the coast but slightly more continental inland. Only two varieties of grape are recognised in Málaga: Moscatel along the coast and Pedro Ximénez, which thrives inland.