The artistic Lanzarote vineyards of the volcanic Canary Islands are not only completely innovative, but also beautiful. Lanzarote, as mentioned in a previous post, is one of the Canary Islands, and was once home to an accomplished artist, César Manrique. But his art is not the only artistic work on this island. The beauty of farming is hard to ignore in many circumstances, and even more so here. Planted in a peculiar fashion, the stark grey soil are contrasted by the bright green of the healthy-looking vines. Innovation does prove to be useful on this volcanic island.
Growing a Vineyard on a Volcanic Island
You would think ash won’t make for good soil. However, the volcanic soil offers nutrients, quick water absorption yet good moisture retention and temperature regulation.This together with the warm days and cool nights make Lanzarote fitting for grapes. But nothing is ever completely perfect and it is this imperfection that makes this the artistic Lanzarote vineyards.
The Artistic Lanzarote Vineyards
The strong winds from the Atlantic is the culprit behind the “imperfect” situation. Even though the “imperfect” wind conditions could be a problem for some, these farmers didn’t give up. Instead they came up with a simple, yet artistic solution. By packing a half-moon wall around the vine, it is protected from this wind. The wall is created by using loosely placed rocks, one on top of the other. Broken winds can still reach the plant (without damaging it) through the holes left.
Further, by not packing the rocks too high, the vine still has more than enough sun throughout the day. But if the rock wall can’t be built high, a different compensation needs to be made in order to keep the top of the vines from the wind. The solution is by digging a hole that is just deep enough to keep the vine safe and shallow enough for it to get all the benefits from the volcanic soil.
How is this for innovation meets creativity? Why work against nature when you can work with her? After all, part of being creative is to manage with what you have. Do you have your own innovative story to share? Comment below and let us know!