The Finca La Laja & Bodega Los Berrazales, located in the Agaete Valley, has to be one of the best well-kept secrets on the island of Gran Canaria! A more than 200 year old farm with their own wine, avocado, orange and coffee produce open to the public for a visit.
Short Guided Tour & Wine Tasting
We found the Finca La Laja to be very special! If you should only make one trip during your stay to see something a little bit different on the island, this is one of the top places to go. For a very minimal price you get a short tour of the finca and several samples of their own wines. A hot cup of their own coffee accompanied with local cheeses, jams and seriously delicious cake is part of the tour.
Gran Canaria Coffee Plantation
Did you know that coffee is actually being grown here on the island? And what’s more, the Agaete Valley is the only valley in the whole of Europe that grows coffee, according to our La Laja guide. She also explained the whole process from growing the coffee plant to harvesting the coffee fruit and finally roasting the coffee bean. Very interesting!
Bodega Los Berrazales
The family is producing the award winning wines LOS BERRAZALES. On our tour of the bodega, we were explained how each one of the 5 wines was made. We also noticed, that a very special individual has paid a visit to the bodega. When you get to the wine cellar you will know exactly who we mean!
Our Impressions of Finca La Laja
We arrived onsite in the afternoon just as tour in Spanish was starting. The guide was kind enough to let us join the tour on the spot. The payment was not an issue, that we could do later, she said. We had a few “Wow!” and “Oh, my goodness!” moments as they explained about the vegetation in the stunningly beautiful valley of Agaete. For example, the oldest pine tree of Gran Canaria was growing in the Finca de La Laja.
Products and Prices
All of their wonderful products can only be purchased onsite. There is no pressure to buy anything. As we really enjoyed the cup of home-grown coffee, we bought a bag of 250g of roasted coffee beans for 18€. Not cheap, but we have to say – we love the taste!
At the time of this writing, the guided tour and sampling of wine including a little cheese and other Canarian products costs 8€ per adult, and 4€ per child.
How to get to Finca La Laja – Los Berrazales
The easiest way to get there is by car via Agaete. It takes about 1,5 hours from Maspalomas and about 45min from Las Palmas. There is free onsite parking in several areas of the finca. However, don’t forget someone has to drive and not drink all the wine! There are buses from Las Palmas to Agaete from where you would take a taxi or you could book a private excursion which you can find available online from different locations.
(Author: Nicky Hobson)