Lanzarote, a volcanic Island with unique and spectacular landscape.
The centre of the island is covered by solidified black lava and therefore nothing can grow there. But, at the edges of this mass of lava, the conditions are ideal for grape vines. This is due to the presence of a layer of volcanic ash, locally known as lapilli or picón.
This ash layer allows absorption of rain and prevents it from evaporating, that helps in maintaining a suitable temperature of the soil. The vines are planted in the holes and ditches such that their roots grow into the soil under the ash. Each hole and ditch are then surrounded by a wall of stone to shield the vine from the strong gusts and winds.