Something to lava
text and photos by John Szabo
The eruption of volcanic wines
You’ve heard of organic wine and maybe even biodynamic wine or “natural” wine. But volcanic wine? With the wine industry more and more obsessed with uniqueness, there’s a new, yet very ancient, fascination making the rounds: wines grown on or near volcanoes.
Although volcanic soils account for only about one percent of the world’s land surface, grapes occupy a disproportionate share of that land. So what’s the secret? Volcanic soils, it turns out, have some useful properties that make them especially suited for high quality, distinctive wine.