Eventually, we began to leave the rocky part of the island to where the lava more evenly flowed. Here, the soil is very fertile. But, the problem is the island does not see a lot of rain, so it is very dry. A type of grape that does well in these enviornments is planted here and does really well. But, to help the grapes grow, pits are dug about 3 feet deep & 5 feet wide with the grape plants planted in the middle. The pit helps collect morning dew and rain water and stone wall are placed above to protect the plants from the very strong winds that can blow.
This has to have been the most unique vineyard we have ever seen, and we live in the middle of the Riesling area in Germany!!