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The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery


Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
Menceyes and our Lady of Candelaria, in Tenerife
The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery
Experience the beauty of the pink caves of Puertito de Los Molinos
A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
A must do in Fuerteventura – Picnic in the dunes of Corralejo
Playa San Juan in Tenerife, a charming place
A walk along the El Golfo ridge, El Hierro
The five best places to eat in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
A cup of coffee at Casa José Saramago, Lanzarote
Why Forestal Park is One of the Best Experiences in Tenerife
San Sebastián, the high part of Santa Cruz de La Palma
Sunset On The Rocks At Puerto de Mogán in Gran Canaria
A walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro
Enjoyment for the active traveller – Climb the Volcanic Mount Roja
Teguise: immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s history
How to Enjoy a Stunning Walk in Tenerife from Playa San Juan to Los Gigantes
Tazacorte, in La Palma: more than just a sun trap
Art, Architecture and Frogs in Gran Canaria's Garden City
Carnival time on El Hierro
One of the best family days out in Fuerteventura
Journey to another planet at Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
From the sea to the sky, a circular drive in South Tenerife
A journey through La Palma’s plant world
Los Carneros de Tigaday, El Hierro
Relaxing Weekend staying in the picture perfect beaches of El Cotillo – Fuerteventura
Lanzarote’s southwest coastline: where ocean meets lava
How to Enjoy North Tenerife and Wine Tasting in One Amazing Trip
A trip around La Palma’s south coast
The Quiet South Gran Canaria Beach With Two Names
What to explore, How to get there and where to stay in San Sebastian the capital of La Gomera.
Relax by the sea in El Tamaduste
The best olive oil in Fuerteventura – Verde Aurora Bio Farm
Hiking in La Geria: a bird’s eye view of the volcanoes
How to Enjoy a Unique Excursion Around Stunning Santa Cruz
El Tablado, La Palma’s remotest settlement
Swimming And Snorkelling At El Puertillo in North Gran Canaria
Enjoy a morning at the local produce Market in San Sebastián de La Gomera
A tour around El Hierro’s “Mirador’s”
Betancuria, the ancient capital in the mountains of Fuerteventura
How to Enjoy an Easy Adventure from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero
A walk across Llano de Las Cuevas in La Palma
How to Enjoy a Superb Luxury Sailing Trip in Tenerife
From Jungle To Desert at Maspalomas In South Gran Canaria
The sweetness of La Gomera and the Canary Islands – Palm Syrup
Cycling on El Hierro is a great way to see the Island
Isla de Lobos, a natural Paradise
Volcanoes, wine and British history in Lanzarote
The mini-Volcano Route, La Palma
How To Try And Do Tenerife From Top To Bottom In Three Days
Playa Santiago – A glorious mesh of sleepy fishing village and luxury hotel complex
A Day at the Canaribbean In Gran Canaria
Hermigua, the beautiful tropical valley of La Gomera with a Gofio Museum
How to Enjoy Authentic Lanzarote at the Lovely El Charco de San Ginés
La Gomera’s longest beach in the Valley of the great king – Valle Gran Rey
The Charm of Vallehermoso – The Beautiful Valley in La Gomera
How to Discover La Gomera With an Amazing Jeep Safari Adventure
Calle Cano: A Las Palmas Street Where Old And New Blend Together
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06 Nov 2017

June is a wonderful month in Lanzarote: beautiful weather, late spring colour, fresh produce and quieter beaches. More importantly, it’s the month when the Wine Run Lanzarote comes to town!

This amazing event awakens all your senses. Marvel at the spectacular volcanic landscape whilst breathing pure Atlantic air. Outdoor exercise rewarded by some of the island’s finest traditional wine and cuisine, music and dancing.

The Wine Run is for everyone: sports enthusiasts, nature-lovers, foodies, professional wine connoisseurs, or for those just partial to the odd glass or two. People of all generations and nationalities flock to La Geria for this annual celebration.

Walkers following protected path, Wine Run Lanzarote, Islas Canarias

Save La Geria

The eruptions that created Timanfaya National Park and surrounding areas between 1730-1736 radically transfigured a large part of the island. The region was one of the archipelago’s most important agricultural areas, especially for cereal production. Whilst the lava did not claim many human lives, it engulfed around twenty towns and villages forever.

La Geria, Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote, Islas Canarias

The islanders were forced to adapt, reinventing their economic activity and finding new ways to cultivate. It was not until 1775 that Lanzarote’s first winery emerged: the family-owned, Bodegas El Grifo.

Wine cultivation gave the landscape a new design. Theporous picón (small black volcanic stones that cover the landscape) meant that grapes could be grown on the ground. Farmers built black semi-circle stone walls to provide wind protection for the vines. Today, La Geria’s landscape covers over 5200 hectares and is one of Lanzarote’s most valuable treasures.

La Geria wine-growing region, Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote, Islas Canarias

In 1993, Lanzarote was recognised by UNESCO as a “Biosphere Reserve,” a unique honour as it applies to the entire island territory. The “Save La Geria” project is the driving force behind the Wine Run Lanzarote. Its main aim is to achieve economic, touristic, environmental and cultural sustainability whilst promoting the best of what Lanzarote has to offer.

Some of the world’s finest Malvasia white wines

Wine production on the island does not have purely financial gains in mind and has landscape and cultural preservation as a top priority. The government subsidises the wineries to encourage this, and so that they can invest in state-of-the-art technology, ensuring wines of the highest quality. Some have won prestigious wine awards across the world and around 75% of production is dedicated to the Malvasia grape. Other varieties include Diego, Muscatel and Pedro Ximinez, to complement range of white, red and rosé, as well as some ecological wines.

Selection of wines at Bodega La Geria, Lanzarote, Islas Canarias

Today, El Grifo is joined be other wineries providing top quality wines: Los Bermejos, Rubicón, Stratvs, La Geria, Vega de Yuca, Guiguan, Reymar, Tierra de los Volcanes, La Grieta, Martiñon.

Sign up for the event

Registering in advance is essential, which is easily done through www.lanzarotewinerun.com. There´s a category to suit everyone: you can choose to either walk or run a distance of 11km, or, for the more serious runner, compete in the 22km race. The lucky winner of the main 22k run wins their weight in wine!

The fun begins

The Wine Run festivities get underway on Saturday, the day before the main event. The town of Uga, in the municipality of Yaiza was the base and finish line for this year’s event. A trip to Uga to pick up the race kit on the eve of the event is necessary, but worthwhile. You are provided with your race number, t-shirt and some complementary tickets for food and wine. The race kits contain other extra bonuses such as ecological Aloe vera gel, juice and cereal bars, a gift jar of locally produced cactus jam, among others.

Walkers at the start of the Wine Run Lanzarote, Islas Canarias

Saturday is also the kids’ day, as hundreds of children eagerly await their chance to race in the Wine Run Kids event. You can almost touch the adrenaline and enthusiasm of these young runners. There are three age groups categories for kids from 6 to 16 years’ old, racing over distances of 600, 1200 and 1800 metres.

Wine Run Kids' race, Lanzarote, Islas Canarias

A foodie’s paradise

The advantage of collecting the race kit on Saturday is being able to leisurely sample the delicious fayre at the Traditional Cuisine Festival, which opened at 18:00h. The exhibitors range from artisanal cheese and ice-cream makers, gourmet caterers and restaurants to all of the island’s wineries. One really could spend the whole evening eating.

Tapas at the Traditional Cuisine Festival, Wine Run Lanzarote, Islas Canarias

Try anything from sushi and fresh prawns, to mini gourmet burgers, beautifully arranged tapas and pintxos (a chunk of fresh bread with a variety of toppings), cakes, pastries, cheeses, jams and desserts. All this washed down with crisp white wine - the perfect complement to a hot Saturday evening.

Desserts at the Traditional Cuisine Festival, Wine Run Lanzarote, Islas Canarias

Live music ignites the atmosphere between 19:00-23:00h, setting the tone for the big day, and ending early enough to ensure a good night’s rest.

Race day: bright and early

This is now the seventh year I have completed the Wine Run, and it improves every time. I particularly liked the addition that no plastic bottles would be available at aid stations; you had to take your own for refilling. Also, in order to traffic to protect the La Geria region, participants were to meet at Uga, where ample parking facilities were provided, and then travel by smoothly organised buses to the start line at La Asomada (the 22k runners started at 09:00, from Bodega La Florida).

An electric festival atmosphere awaits as you arrive at the start line. Even at 08:30h in the morning, you find yourself getting into the samba beat of a local batucada troop. And depending on your mood, there is plenty of coffee, water or wine (of course!).

The 11k runners start first, at around 09:30h. Once they are off into the distance, the walkers - the last of the more than 2000 participants in this year’s event - set off. The first mile or so is a little slow, due to the sheer number of people heading off into the lunar landscape. This does ease, however, after the first aid station, as many stop to enjoy a tipple, chat or take a little break.

Walkers crossing La Geria, Wine Run Lanzarote, Islas Canarias

Astounding landscape

As the crowd spreads out, and you continue on your expedition, the stunning lunar backdrop comes into its own. Tones of black and red lava contrast with the clear blue sky and green vines. The socos (semi-circles of black lava stones) that protect them stretch out as far as the eye can see, as if painted by an artist. The imposing volcanoes look like majestic pyramids on the horizon and solitary palm trees stand defiant against the elements.

It´s easy to forget the distance that lies ahead. You are surrounded by nature, swept by the cheery atmosphere and the inevitable energising sensation this experience brings. Temperatures were high, along with the thirst, so plenty of water and sunscreen are both recommended and essential.

A solitary palm tree in La Geria, Lanzarote, Islas Canarias

Mid-course party atmosphere

Just as a pang of weariness rears its head, a refreshing welcome party cheers you on at the La Geria winery, at around the halfway mark. With music and cheerleaders, it’s enough to make anyone dance their way over to the refreshment kiosk. This is definitely my favourite stop of the event. Many walkers linger here, enjoying a snack from the winery’s well-known tapas bar, chatting to friends, old and new, along the way. Their shop is set inside a beautiful old building which provided welcome shade, as well as a range of irresistible products on offer.

After a little refuelling, we’re ready to tackle the second half of our journey towards Uga. The scenery gets better and better, and before you know it, the finish line is within sight.

Reaching the oasis

There’s something very gratifying about finishing an 11k walk and being greeted with the offer of a massage, stretching mats and fresh fruit. After relaxing a little in the shade, food, wine and music are next on the agenda.

Clutching my complementary tickets, I sample some tapas that I had missed the day before. To my delight, I discover that some of the island’s artisan brewers are also offering their wares. Los Aljibes de Tahiche (Lanzarote’s first artisanal brewer) and Cerveza Nao both offer pale and dark beer on draught. I decide to try some, having sampled some wine on the previous day. Just the job to quench the thirst!

Artisanal beer at the Wine Run Lanzarote, Islas Canarias

A fantastic atmosphere fills the live music arena. Smiling wine runners dance and sing to popular cover tracks, and everyone seems to know the words. The party atmosphere lasts until around 16:00, when the festivities wind down.

The Wine Run Lanzarote brings together thousands of people to enjoy Lanzarote’s finest assets, and raise awareness of how important it is to preserve them. A must-do for anyone visiting the island during the month of June.

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Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
Menceyes and our Lady of Candelaria, in Tenerife
The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery
Experience the beauty of the pink caves of Puertito de Los Molinos
A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
A must do in Fuerteventura – Picnic in the dunes of Corralejo
Playa San Juan in Tenerife, a charming place
A walk along the El Golfo ridge, El Hierro
The five best places to eat in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
A cup of coffee at Casa José Saramago, Lanzarote
Why Forestal Park is One of the Best Experiences in Tenerife
San Sebastián, the high part of Santa Cruz de La Palma
Sunset On The Rocks At Puerto de Mogán in Gran Canaria
A walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro
Enjoyment for the active traveller – Climb the Volcanic Mount Roja
Teguise: immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s history
How to Enjoy a Stunning Walk in Tenerife from Playa San Juan to Los Gigantes
Tazacorte, in La Palma: more than just a sun trap
Art, Architecture and Frogs in Gran Canaria's Garden City
Carnival time on El Hierro
One of the best family days out in Fuerteventura
Journey to another planet at Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
From the sea to the sky, a circular drive in South Tenerife
A journey through La Palma’s plant world
Los Carneros de Tigaday, El Hierro
Relaxing Weekend staying in the picture perfect beaches of El Cotillo – Fuerteventura
Lanzarote’s southwest coastline: where ocean meets lava
How to Enjoy North Tenerife and Wine Tasting in One Amazing Trip
A trip around La Palma’s south coast
The Quiet South Gran Canaria Beach With Two Names
What to explore, How to get there and where to stay in San Sebastian the capital of La Gomera.
Relax by the sea in El Tamaduste
The best olive oil in Fuerteventura – Verde Aurora Bio Farm
Hiking in La Geria: a bird’s eye view of the volcanoes
How to Enjoy a Unique Excursion Around Stunning Santa Cruz
El Tablado, La Palma’s remotest settlement
Swimming And Snorkelling At El Puertillo in North Gran Canaria
Enjoy a morning at the local produce Market in San Sebastián de La Gomera
A tour around El Hierro’s “Mirador’s”
Betancuria, the ancient capital in the mountains of Fuerteventura
How to Enjoy an Easy Adventure from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero
A walk across Llano de Las Cuevas in La Palma
How to Enjoy a Superb Luxury Sailing Trip in Tenerife
From Jungle To Desert at Maspalomas In South Gran Canaria
The sweetness of La Gomera and the Canary Islands – Palm Syrup
Cycling on El Hierro is a great way to see the Island
Isla de Lobos, a natural Paradise
Volcanoes, wine and British history in Lanzarote
The mini-Volcano Route, La Palma
How To Try And Do Tenerife From Top To Bottom In Three Days
Playa Santiago – A glorious mesh of sleepy fishing village and luxury hotel complex
A Day at the Canaribbean In Gran Canaria
Hermigua, the beautiful tropical valley of La Gomera with a Gofio Museum
How to Enjoy Authentic Lanzarote at the Lovely El Charco de San Ginés
La Gomera’s longest beach in the Valley of the great king – Valle Gran Rey
The Charm of Vallehermoso – The Beautiful Valley in La Gomera
How to Discover La Gomera With an Amazing Jeep Safari Adventure
Calle Cano: A Las Palmas Street Where Old And New Blend Together
www.hellocanaryislands.com