We enjoy the excuse to spend a little spare time at some of our favourite Mallorcan vineyards. Salud!
One of our favourite things to do in the Autumn is visit one or two of our favourite vineyards in Mallorca. The temperature is just right and we’re avoiding the busiest times of summer. The vineyards, along with the almond trees and dramatic hills are what make up the signature landscape of the island. And there’s something about driving up to the flat plains of neatly planted vines that offers a feeling of serenity and a more peaceful, simple way of life.
There’s that, and the fact that we just can’t resist a good glass of wine! The Mallorcans like to keep hold of their wine (and we’re fine with that) as not much of it leaves the island. If you’re in the UK you can find the odd bottle (such as the Santa Maria del Camí in M&S!) but we think the excellent wine produced here is one of the island’s best kept secrets, and best consumed here!
There are two main vineyard regions in Mallorca, first the centre of the island (around Binissalem and Santa Maria) producing the most variety of wine, and second is the east, mainly around Porreres, Manacor and Felanitx. That being said, wine is grown all over Mallorca including vineyards in Pollenca and vineyards in Palma and the surrounding areas.
Monastrel is the traditional wine grape grown and used in Mallorca, often blended with other grape varieties. Although there are many foreign grape varieties now grown here, there are a number of smaller vineyards producing fantastic wines from native grapes.
Some of Our Favourite Vineyards in Mallorca
- Vineyards in Palma - there’s recently been a resurgence of wine being produced around Palma and the valleys of the Tramuntana Mountains. There’s also some fantastic wine tasting tours in Palma old town.
- Vineyards in Pollensa - Try topnotch Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah at vineyards in the north such as Bodegas Ca'n Vidalet.
- Vineyards in Binissalem - probably the most famous wine region of Mallorca. The José L Ferrer wine estate is the biggest on the island producing 800 - 900 thousand bottles a year.
- Vineyards in Felanitx - Some of the best rosé and white wines are produced here. Try Armero i Adrover, one of the younger wine producers on the island.
- Vineyards in Manacor - Pere Seda grows mainly indigenous grape varieties (Callet, Manto Negro and Premsal) and is one of the largest vineyards in the region.
- Vineyards in Porreres - Some of the island’s most historic vineyards can be found here, such as Jaume Mesquida which is said to date back as far as the XVI century.
Vineyard Tours Mallorca
Most vineyards are open for you to take a look around, often as a tour, but there’s a great choice of organised tours that will take you round a number of sites. Some include lunch, dinner or gourmet nibbles along the way. Tours are various lengths and depending on what’s included you’ll be looking at anywhere from €45 - €200 per person. To save the research and the hassle, we can book vineyard tours for you. Whether you’d like a litte more information, or if you know exactly what you’re after, just let us know and we can arrange everything. Contact the Balearic Living team today.