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Mallorcan Wine: A Journey Through History and Terroir

With over 70 wine producers, this little insight will hopefully give you a big thirst for Mallorcan wine. It’s time to fill up the glass and explore some of the wineries that welcome visitors, as well as wines available at retailers.

The Story of Mallorcan Wine

The cultivation of grapes and production of wine in Mallorca began with the Romans when they took the island in 123 BC. However, like many other European regions, the vineyards were devastated in the late 19th century by phylloxera. Many vines were uprooted, and viticulture only truly revived at the end of the 20th century, driven by growing tourist demand for local wines and initiatives by both professional wineries and wine enthusiasts. 

Read more about Mallorcas history.

In 1991, Binissalem received its Denominación de Origen (DO) status, followed by Pla i Llevant in 2001. DO is a quality seal for a wine region, certifying its unique terroir, altitude, and climate.

Initially, many wine enthusiasts may have been skeptical about Mallorcan wine, but decades later, tourists, restaurants, retailers, and reviewers recognize its unique qualities. Consequently, more wine houses are offering interesting wine tasting in Mallorca.

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Mallorcan red wines boast rich notes of ripe dark berries, plum, and black cherry, complemented by hints of spice, licorice, and earthy undertones. Expect a robust palate with smooth tannins and a lingering finish.. Photo 88580749 © Stuart Andrews | Dreamstime.com

Mallorcan Grape Varieties, Terroir, and Flavor Notes

Mallorcan red wines often use local grapes like Manto Negro, Callet, and Fogoneu, sometimes blended with international varieties such as Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Tempranillo. For white wines, the local Moll grape (also known as Premsal or Prensal Blanc) is prominent, alongside Chardonnay.

Mallorca’s terroir consists of calcareous, clayey, and sandy soils. While it’s impossible to describe the taste of Mallorcan wine as a whole, they are often characterized by fruity notes of ripe red berries, balanced acidity, and a slightly smoky bouquet. Barrel aging can add a touch of vanilla, reminiscent of classic Rioja wines.

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Mallorcan Wine in Binissalem

In Binissalem, the heart of Mallorcan wine production, you’ll find:

 Joseph Ferrer: Established in 1931, this winery produces robust and affordable wines. Their “Aged” wine offers blackberries, currants, toasted wood, coffee, and a touch of licorice. The bodega is open to visitors for tastings and tours.

Macia Batle: Located in Santa Maria del Camí and dating back to 1856, Maciá Batle has won over 300 national and international awards. Their “1856” wine, with notes of ripe fruit, cloves, pepper, and vanilla, is a must-try. The winery welcomes tourists, and their wines are available internationally.

Bodegas Ribas: Located in Consell and dating back to 1711, this winery is now run by the 13th generation of the family. Their Ribas de Cabrera, produced only in exceptional years, features aromas of red fruits, balsamic, cocoa, and burnt wood. The bodega is open to visitors, and their wines are available online.

Other notable wineries in this area include  Castell MiquelTianna NegraBinigrauBiniagual og Ca’n Verdura.

 Binivista: A new and ambitious Danish project established in 2017. Learn more about this initiative in Binissalem: Danish wine project on Mallorca.

Here you can read more about the city Binissalem.

Mallorcan Wine in Pla i Llevant

Vins Miquel Gelabert: Founded in 1985, this winery produces over 25 different wines annually. Don’t miss their “Gran Vinya Son Caules,” with complex aromas of wild blackberries, coffee, cocoa, leather, and toast. Their white wine, “Sa Vall Selecció Privada,” features floral, fruit, and citrus notes with a touch of butter. The vineyard is open for visits, but their wines are hard to find internationally.

Anima Negra: Established in 1994 in Felanitx, Anima Negra is now a staple in Mallorcan restaurants. Their AN2 wine is widely available, while the Son Negre offers a complex mix of spices, plums, violets, cherry jam, and pepper. Though costly, it’s a memorable experience.

4kilos: Founded in 2006 in Felanitx, this winery started with a modest investment and now produces nationally and internationally renowned wines like “4Kilos” and “12Volts,” characterized by ripe cherries, herbs, and toasted oak notes.

Son Prim: A family-run winery in the Pla region, producing elegant wines like the young red “Negre,” a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with flavors of strawberries, raspberries, currants, and white pepper.

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Wine tasting in a group enhances the experience through shared insights, varied perspectives, and lively discussions. It fosters camaraderie, makes learning fun, and can uncover unique tasting notes you might miss alone.

Other Notable Wineries on Mallorca

Es Verger: Located in Esporles, producing organic wine and olive oil. Visits can be booked via their website.

The bodega Son Vich de Superna: Also in Esporles, their wines are available online.

Son Vives: A small winery in Banyalbufar, offering three excellent wines and panoramic views of the Mediterranean.

Can Majorall: A family winery in Algaida, focusing on sustainability and quality.

Bodega Ca’n Feliu: Located in Porreres, known for fine wines and a focus on sustainability.

Mesquida Mora: Producing biodynamic wines on authentic fields long before it became fashionable.

Finca Ses Talaioles: A German wine venture on a 400-year-old estate between Manacor and the coast, known for their “Signature Collection” red wines, available internationally.

Explore Mallorcan wine

Mallorcan wine offers a rich tapestry of history, terroir, and flavor. Whether you’re visiting the island or exploring wines from afar, Mallorcan wine promises a unique and delightful experience. Mallorca wine will give you the real taste of Mallorca – you can litteraly taste and smell the island is each bottle. Cheers!

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