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Memories from Lanzarote: The wine Valley of La Geira

Memories from Lanzarote:  The wine Valley of La Geira
As we return to the port from the fire mountains we pass through a most unusual scene of semi-circles along the base and sides of the broad valley. This is actually a vineyard were the famous Malvasía grape is cultivated resulting in excellent wines. To me, even though the wines were indeed very good I was entranced by the unique scenery.
As usual best view full screen on black.

The valley of La Geria, which has been declared a 'Protected Area', is Lanzarote’s main wine-growing region, occupying about 20 square miles (52 square kilometres) and stretching on both sides of the road from Masdache to Uga and right up to the volcanic slopes.
This area produces most of Lanzarote’s excellent wines, of which 75 per cent are made from the Malvasía grape, one of the oldest known grape varieties. Best known as a honey-coloured, very sweet wine with a rich flavour, already praised by Shakespeare hundreds of years ago, today the Malvasía grape produces a wide variety of quality white, red or rosé wines, from very sweet to very dry.
Located on the edge of the badlands and covered with black volcanic ash, the vineyards of La Geria valley look like they have been transplanted here from another planet. The Lanzaroteños found an indigenous way of cultivating vines on this arid and hostile ground. They dug more than 10,000 funnel-shaped hollows into the thick layers of picón (coarse volcanic ashes), planted the vines, only one vine per hollow, filled them with soil and poured thick layers of picón over it, as the porous volcanic granules ideally retain the night humidity to feed the plants. In order to protect them from the constant winds and drying out, they built low, semicircular walls around them.
This unique cultivation method results in a prosperous wine industry, renowned for excellent wines, which can be sampled and purchased in a number of local winegrowers’ bodegas (wine shops).
La Geria has become quite a popular attraction, it looks like a gigantic and spectacular piece of landscape art.

Champland, Fräulein Snork, Peter_Private_Box, goandgo and 24 other people have particularly liked this photo

20 comments - The latest ones
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
AMAZING !! Thank you for all your explanations, Herb !!!!
20 months ago.
Annemarie club
beautiful! I remember the green vinejards in this round places.
20 months ago.
neira-Dan club
totalement insolite et pittoresque
20 months ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to neira-Dan club
It sure was Dan.

Keep safe.
20 months ago.
 Gabi Lombardo
Gabi Lombardo club
seems really as an abstract !
20 months ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Gabi Lombardo club
It does on here but it has a real practical purpose too.

Keep good. Herb
20 months ago.
tiabunna club
A remarkable image. Your information provided the necessary explanatory detail, Herb.
20 months ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to tiabunna club
Thanks George. Glad you enjoyed this and the explanation.
20 months ago.
 Marta Wojtkowska
Marta Wojtkowska club
Spectacular indeed!
20 months ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Marta Wojtkowska club
Thanks Marta.
20 months ago.
 Daniela Brocca
Daniela Brocca club
Wow, that's fantastic, Herb.
20 months ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Daniela Brocca club
You see what you missed now Daniela.
20 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A fascinating and unusual landscape.............and a very clever way to grow grapevines in this place.

The semi-circular wall are very attractive in the light and make a wonderful natural abstract images. Nicely taken Herb.
20 months ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Keith Burton club
I was amazed that the little green weeds in these bowls were actually grape vines but I can tell you the grapes that they grew made good wine indeed as we sampled them in the nearby bodegas. glad you liked it. Herb
20 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Großartig, Herb !
20 months ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Ulrich John club
Danke mein Freund.
20 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Superb light and a terrific image Herb

Thank you for posting in the group
20 months ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
La Geria is an amazing place: I was also very impressed by those unusual vineyards!
20 months ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Magnifique image !
HFF et Bon weekend. Amitiés
19 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Herb

A wonderful piece of geometry!

I am sure there must be a reason for it, but regardless it looks pretty!

Best Wishes, a nice weekend, and stay safe!!
19 months ago.

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