"Our idea is to make fresh and drinkable wines with a sense of place."
“There’s a trend to make single-vineyard wines but we’ve gone much further and make single-crack wines.”
The wine importer Rayco Fernandez had his eye on the island pearl of the ocean for a long time. Lanzarote, the easternmost Canary Isle, within a strong wind blowing from Africa, touched by a series of volcanic eruptions in the 1730s, is the place to be for ancient indigenous vines, traditional winemaking and nature’s miracles.
No man is an island, so Rayco gathered around friends and grape growers to work the project that is Puro Rofe. This cooperative is based out of La Geria where the cellar contains old school tools of the trade, baskets, concrete vats, clay amphorae and lagars. Vineyards are cultivated in many volcanic areas, digging hoyos and walls to protects the vines that produce a vital expression of the land.
Varietals that have adapted to the uniquely challenging conditions of Lanzarote like Listán Blanco and Negro, Negramoll, Malvasía Volcánica, and Diego grow out of the lunar-like landscape of craters, both volcanic and human made.
The collective vision of making wines from such a dreamscape is a collaboration of humans, Rayco, Chicho Mota, Carmelo Peña, Vicente Torres, and Ascención Robayna, among others.
Puro Rofe, wine from the ashes.