Mallorca is brimming with excellent wine cellars but unlike many other wine capitals around Spain, they aren’t typically exported. So if you want to try some, you’ll have to visit the island itself.
Mallorca has two regions awarded the Spanish D.O. (Denominación de Origen) – Binissalem and Pla i Llevent. The island grows many local grapes such as the white ‘prensal’ and black variety ‘fogoneu’ which are used to make some beautiful yet unusual wines, unlike any others in Spain.
We’ve hand selected a couple of our favourite wineries for you to visit whilst in Mallorca and first on the list is of course the oldest winery on the island Bodega Ribas, situated in Consell. This family business has been running since 1711 with 100 acres of vineyards producing a vast range of native grape varieties, some of which they have recovered from extinction.
Their 40 hectares of vineyards are carefully worked on and harvested by hand. The winery is part of the old Ca’n Ribas listed 18th century stately home, with its original historic barrel cellar and winemaking warehouse.
You can visit the winery by appointment only, however they offer guided tours and tasting sessions, as well as options to enjoy various menus served in the gardens or manor house, or even live music and tapas which is a perfect group afternoon activity.
Their wines include Ribas de Cabrera 2016, the Ribas collection, the Sio collection which includes a variety using their oldest Montenegro vines, the 2017 Sioneta, and the Soma.
Bodegas Macià Batle is another favourite of ours, located in Santa Maria de Cami. This winery contains the latest machinery and technology, devoloping 70 hectares of vineyards with grape varieties including Mantonegro and Prensal, both native to the island.
During a tour here you will not only taste various wines, but also olive oils, vinegars, tapenades and breads, together with a tutorial on how to taste and what to look for. If you choose to taste the desert wines, you’ll also get to sample local cakes such as almond cake, apricot cake, potato cake, and carob cake – which are all delicious!
The winery is now also known for their artistic wine bottles, designed by renowned artists including Yannick Vu, Natasha Zupan and Ramon Canet, two to three times a year since Macià Batle was taken over by Manging Director Ramón Servalls in 1998. The artworks are now also permanently exhibited at the gallery in the bodega.
Their wines include Dos Marías Roble 2017, Pagos de Maria 2010 and the Llum 2017
There are many other brilliant wineries across the island some of our other favourites include Bodega Can Majoral, Mesquida Mora, Jaume de Puntiró and José L. Ferrer, to name a few. If you are interested in finding out more about Mallorca wines or booking a tour, get in touch. We can create bespoke wine touring itineraries perfectly suited to you, as well as arrange the perfect villa to accommodate your group. Contact us to find out more.