Top 10 volcanic wines

5 – Suertes Del Marques 2013 El Ciruelo, Tenerife

vino-suertes-del-marques-el-ciruelo-2013-75cl-A much talked-about producer making wines from predominantly indigenous Listán Blanco and Listán Negro grapes on the volcanic soil to the north of the island.

The specific soil type is basalt with a sandy loam layer, with vines planted at 480-520m above sea level.

The grapes are destemmed and fermentation is in steel tanks for 10-12 days at controlled temperature, before malolactic fermentation takes place in barriques.

Fresh, juicy fruit combines with vibrant acidity and that peppery minerality so characteristic of volcanic soils.

4 Responses to “Top 10 volcanic wines”

  1. Nick Oakley says:

    Etna, Santorini, Tenerife, Pantellaria. I get these. But Alsace? Volcanic?

    • Olivier Humbrecht says:

      There were two types of volcanic activity in the region: submarine in south Alsace, before the emergence of the VOsges mountains above sea level, and more recently in the Kaiserstuhl in Germany. The ashes and vocanic dusts sedimented in the sea and got compacted as the Vosges were pushed out of the sea in a rock called Grauwacke.

  2. Luigi says:

    I cannot believe that any wines from the Campania region was not featured! Greco Di Tufo, Lacryma Christi to name but 2.

  3. See the wonder book by John Szabo MW call Volcanic Wines, recently available online too. Beside the well known regions, some lovely pockets of volcanic terroir to discover.

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