Imagine tasting a glass of chilled Albillo while peering from altitudes of 2,400 feet over a volcanic vineyard where the grapes are grown in black lava. The Canary Islands are much more than its beaches, which is exactly why Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen of Wine Enthusiast named them one of 2017’s Best Wine Destinations.
The Canary archipelago consists of seven main islands off the coast of Africa, five of which have an appellation for wine. Indigenous grapes are commonly grown in black lava and made into white, rosé and red wines. There’s plenty of wine-related activities and sights to see when you visit the islands. From when you visit the wine museum Casa del Vino on Tenerife, the biggest island, or when you taste at Bodegas El Grifo in Lanzarote, which is the oldest winery in the Canary Islands and said to be among the 10 oldest in Spain.