Lanzarote Wine Region
One of the strangest wine growing regions on the planet is on the Spanish, Canary Island of Lanzarote in the La Geria area in the southwest. Once lush many, many years ago, volcanoes devastated much of the island and now wine grapes grow in man-made craters in the volcanic ash mainly to combat the intense wind. Mostly sweet wines are produces mainly from Malvasia, and to a lesser degree, Diego, Muscatel and Pedro Ximenez. The landscape is so rocky and uneven that any form of tractor or vehicle cannot be used to work the vineyard and haul grapes. Instead camels are often used to do the job. Her wines can be found on other Canary Islands, mainland Spain, some parts of Europe and occasionally in the U.S.