El Grifo Wine Museum

There are several bodegas worth a visit along the La Geria wine trail, which leads you through the centre of the island, starting at Uga near Yaiza, and ending at the old capital, Teguise.

El Grifo is probably one of the better known wine producers, and you will see their bottles sold in most supermarkets in Lanzarote. The family-owned winery was founded as long ago as 1775, and the museum is located in the old wine cellar.

At their shop, we recently bought a combined ticket to the museum followed by a tasting of 5 different wines, for 12 euros per person. Admission to the museum only costs 4 euros.

The museum (Museo del Vino) is really interesting and gives an insight to winemaking in Lanzarote over the 19th and 20th centuries, complete with many of the original pieces of equipment.

For the tasting that follows, you go back to the shop and make your selections from the bar area.  Usually on offer are unoaked and oaked reds, the same for whites, a sparkling wine, and two dessert wines.  The wine samples are presented together with crackers and Lanzarote cheese to clean the palate between tastings.

Museo del Vino El Grifo. Lugar de ‘El Grifo’, Apto Correos 6, 35550 San Bartolome

Tel: 928 524 951

www.elgrifo.com

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