El Grifo Canari Malvasía Dulce is a sweet wine produced by Bodegas El Grifo in San Bartolomé, D.O.Lanzarote.
Bodegas El Grifo, founded in 1775 by the ancestors of the Otamendi Rodríguez-Bethencourt family, is the oldest winery in the Canary Islands and one of the ten oldest ones in Spain.
All the vines owned by El Grifo are pre-phylloxera, planted on volcanic sand soils. Thanks to their location (latitude 28º), the growth halt must be intentionally carried out by pruning in February. And due to the constant presence of the "alisios", trade winds, they build volcanic rock walls to shelter the vines.
Bodegas El Grifo is located in the farm Finca El Grifo. They have 61.5 hectares of vineyards cultivated manually due to the abrupt terrain. The winery is currently equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, combining them with the traditional processes. The old winery is now a wine museum; one of the most visited.
El Grifo Canari Malvasía Dulce is a wine made from older wines from different vintages that have been permanently kept in barrels with oxidative ageing.
To produce these wines, the Malvasía grape is harvested when it is very ripe or slightly overripe. The fermentation is stopped by adding wine alcohol.
El Grifo Canari Malvasía Dulce is a sweet, balanced and immersive wine. It stands out for its notes of compote fruit, dried fruits and nuts, and liquorice. With this wine, El Grifo reinterprets the typical Canari wine that was produced in the 17th century.