Volcanic soil surrounding a caldera is one of the secrets, and dozens of wineries welcome you to experience it.

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The Wines of Bandama

Distinguidos vinos de algunas de las viñas más antiguas de Europa

The fertile volcanic soils around the dramatic Bandama Caldera just south of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria have since the 16th century nurtured grapes yielding a wide range of crisp, aromatic, intensely flavoured wines, especially whites. You'll find some of Europe's oldest vineyards here, as they were never affected by the phylloxera that devasted the continent in the 19th century. And until fairly recently, production was for extremely local consumption, but a new generation of winemakers has been changing that, and several dozen wineries open their doors to visitors for tours and tastings. Also, the town of Santa Brígida is home to a very good wine museum. The Gran Denomination of Origin (DOP) covers various varietals, the best known of which is the Malmsey white, but others include reds such as Listán Negro and whites like Moscatel.

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