That wine is from where?

A trip to 7 lesser-known wine-making regions.

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Volcano-side vineyard on the Canary Islands Volcano-side vineyard on the Canary Islands (Photo: Ricardo Canino / Shutterstock)

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Lanzarote, Canary Islands

The vineyards of the Canary Islands have an intriguing story. This archipelago, off the coast of West Africa, belongs to Spain. The rich volcanic soil is ideal for growing many varieties of crops. The up-and-down topography and different soil types create a number of microclimates that imbue the grapes that are grown there with unusual flavors that are not found anywhere else in the world. 

Lanzarote, the most remote of the Canaries, is known for its windsurfing and its volcanoes. Vines are planted on the side of the mountains in special holes (hoyos in Spanish) that protect them from the ever-blowing winds. The environment is certainly unusual, and so is the method for getting the grapes down the slopes. Camels, imported to Lanzarote centuries ago, are able to easily negotiate the ashy soil and bring the fruit to the wineries. 

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