Explore Mallorca’s very own wine country.
If you like wine, then a trip to Binissalem is a must. Mallorca produces some excellent wines though they export very little, so the chances are, unless you’ve been living it up in some of Mallorca’s bars and restaurants, you’ve missed out on one of the Mediterranean’s best kept secrets.
Vines were introduced to Mallorca by the Romans in about 121BC. Binissalem was one of the original sites due to being blessed with perfect conditions for cultivating grapes. Protected by mountains, the hot dry summers and short mild winters led to Mallorcan wine being renowned the world over.
Unfortunately, as in much of Europe, the Phylloxera virus wiped out production in the 19th century. It wasn’t until relatively recently that the country started producing wine again as demand from locals and tourists grew.
Wine production has not quite reached the heights of the olden days but the wines produced are certainly of a very high quality and are gaining a growing reputation around the world.
The wine route
The majority of Mallorca’s wineries (bodegas) are centred around Binissalem and in recent years many of the grape growers have opened their doors to visitors for tours and tastings. This has led to the creation of an official wine route through the Binissalem DO region encompassing the island’s central towns of Santa Maria del Camí, Consell, Binissalem, Sencelles and Santa Eugenia.
The 14 wineries on this route are all worth a visit although you will struggle to make it to all of them in a single day! Some of the highlights are:
Jose Luis Ferrer
The largest and probably the best known vineyard in Mallorca, Ferrer wines have won awards at several international competitions. Producing wines from local Manto Negro, Callet and Moll grapes some of their wines, particularly the reds are extraordinarily good. They’re known for ageing their wines for a long time in barrels of different woods sourced from all over the world.
Antonio Nadal bodegas y viñedas
The Nadal name is synonymous in Mallorca not just for tennis – Rafa is a native – but also for wine. Nadal was a co-founder of the Denominación d’Origen. For a while the business changed from making wines to selling grapes to other wine producers but recently they have moved back to production with excellent results.
The vineyard is both a hamlet and winery and its peaceful setting is worth the visit alone. Using no fertilisers, the excellent range of wines satisfy the most demanding of tastes. The Gran Veran, in particular, deserves to be tried.
Probably the most environmentally conscious vineyard on the island, Tianna Negre has rooftop solar panels and reuses waste water for irrigation. A relative newcomer to the scene, the old family vineyard was only restored to life in 2007 and produces reds, whites and rosés to a very high standard.
The town of Binissalem
Wine takes centre stage in Binissalem but the town itself is charming and worth a visit. After you’ve had your fill of wine, head into the town centre and enjoy great food and chat with the locals at one of its excellent restaurants.
And now you’ve learnt all about the wines on offer, it’ll make the choice of what to drink with your dinner that little bit easier!