Santa Brígida, Gran Canaria, Spain
Three siblings on a quest to bottle an island’s soul
Siblings Mari Carmen, Guillermo and Juan Manuel Martín Monzón started Bodega Lava in 2012 and in just a few years have gained an expert following that rates their wines among the best in Spain. Their small project uniquely captures the elegance and complexity of the Santa Brígida and San Mateo villages.
Location: Santa Brígida, Gran Canaria, Spain
Working with us since: 2020
Viticultural Standards: Organic (non-certified)
Interesting fact: The 2017 vintage of Lava Tinto was voted as one of the five best Spanish wines in 2018 by Ferrán Centelles, former head sommelier at El Bulli. He highlighted the wine’s distinctive freshness and mistakable volcanic identity, expressed by the mineral aromas.
Bodega Lava’s wine
Bodega Lava is the brainchild of siblings Mari Carmen, Guillermo and Juan Manuel Martín Monzón. The two brothers both studied oenology and viticulture and have worked for other producers for the past 20 years. In 2012 they decided to start a family project, together with their sister – and thus Bodega Lava was born, named after the volcanic soils of the Canary Islands. Along with the weather, orography and local varieties, the unique lava soils make up the outstanding terroir on which the Martín Monzón siblings work.
Their small cellar is located in Santa Brígida, a village on north-eastern Gran Canaria, where they work two outstanding vineyards, at an altitude of 700 to 1000 metres, planted with Verijadiego Negro, Listán Negro, Tintilla, Listán Negro, Baboso Negro y Moscatel de Alejandría. In addition to the fruit from the vineyards they farm themselves, they also buy fruit from growers from what they consider to be another iconic area: San Mateo. They’ve established longstanding relationships with holders of exquisite plots, at 1100 m above sea level, with old Listán Negro vines planted on ‘picón’ – a very particular soil made up of volcanic ash.
Having released their first wines in 2013 they quickly gained a faithful following and international recognition, with their very limited bottlings quickly selling out. They produce just 4000 bottles per year – mostly of them of their flagship red, alongside very limited editions from special vineyards. They are slowly but surely consolidating their production and reputation, with a range that is now considered one of the best wines Gran Canaria can produce, in a pure and elegant style.