Vino Vino Vino!

27 Jan

For all your oenophiles out there, or for anyone who simply enjoys a nice glass of wine on a sunny afternoon, you must take a trip out to the Mallorcan wine region! It’s about a half hour outside of Palma and parts of it are easily accessible by train (the trains to Inca, Sa Pobla, and Manacor all pass through it). Although officially it’s labeled the Denomination of Origin (D.O.) Binissalem it includes five municipalities: Binissalem, Santa Maria del Camí, Consell, Sencelles, and Santa Eugenia. There are more than ten different vineyards between these pueblos, and most of them offer daily visits open to the public. There are at least a couple more vineyards located outside of this region in Petra and Manacor, but I’m not sure if they’re officially affiliated with the D.O. Binissalem. Seeing as how Manacor and Petra are only accessible by bus now, I would recommend making the much easier trip to Binissalem or Santa Maria, or both.

The unique thing about Mallorcan wine is the varieties of grapes grown here. Manto Negro and Callet are two grapes grown only in Mallorca that are used in many varietals of vino tinto. Both grapes are typically characterized as adding a spicy flavor to the wine. Because these grapes are only indigenous to the Balearic Islands, the D.O. Binissalem, requires its affiliates to produce all vino tinto with at least 30% of the blend made with Manto Negro. The rest of these red blends can be made up of Callet, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc. Moll and Premsal Blanc are two grapes used in white wines that are once again only indigenous to the Balearic Islands. In addition to these grapes, Chardonnay, Moscatell, and others are used to make white wines. So a wine tasting in Mallorca means trying wines that you can’t find anywhere else!

When making the trip out there, I would suggest visiting the Bodega Jose Luis Ferrer in Binissalem. This vineyard has been around since 1931, and is one of the biggest on the island. You can visit the vineyard Monday –Friday from 9:00-19:00 and Saturday from 10:00-14:00. The cost of a tour is six euros, but this includes the tour and a tasting of a selection of wines. You can buy wine there to take home, or to enjoy at the vineyard outside. If you have the time, I would definitely suggest buying a bottle of wine and sitting outside to enjoy it (It only costs about 5.5 euros on average to buy a bottle, and if you split it with other people it doesn’t cost much at all). The vineyard’s grounds are gorgeous and it’s an excellent way to relax in the Mallorcan sun. I’ve been there twice, with gorgeous weather, and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back again! The staff is very friendly and the wine is delicious. Try the Crianza, the Blanc de Blancs, Rosada, and finish with the Veritas Dolç (if you like sweet dessert wines; after all, it’s award winning). After you try the some wine, take a stroll through the town, explore, and have a nice almuerzo. It really is a fun and relaxing way to spend a Friday or Saturday with a group of friends! DO IT PRONTO!!!

They’re located on C/ Conquistador, 103 in Binissalem. Their phone number is +34 971 51 10 50. It might be a good idea to call ahead to double check that they are offering tours for that day just to ensure you don’t make a trip out there for no reason.  Also, if you want more info on D.O. Binissalem in general, visit their website here Salud!

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