When you think of holidays in the Balearic Islands, wine tasting doesn’t instantly spring to mind, but there are plenty of vineyards to be found, and they make a great day out. Wine has been produced in the islands for centuries, and a trip to a vineyard is sure to give you a taste of real Balearic history. Discover how wine production was introduced by the Romans in 121 BC when you visit Majorca, or learn more about Formentera’s wine industry which came with the arrival of the Catalans in the 13th century. Meanwhile the budding wine industry in Ibiza dates back 2,500 years – not bad for an island associated more with Alcopops and shots!
Where to experience it
Vineyards are common throughout Majorca, with certain regions such as Binissalem having over 15 wine-producers! Vins Nadal is certainly a must when visiting the region, with its excellent tours and events. Rich reds are the wines to taste here, and they go well with the sophisticated jazz evenings held at the vineyard. Another must-visit winery is Can Feliu, a vineyard just east of Llucmajor producing top wines such as Merlot and Chardonnay. The smells of a real, traditional farm will greet you here, as they produce fruit and vegetables too. With its historical feel, the 221-year old cellar is a must visit, and there is even the chance to get your own wine mixed and sent home. Elsewhere, the vineyard of Can Ribas is a great place to visit. Based in Consell, this family-run business has made wine since 1711, using both local and foreign grapes to create delicious red wines. Visits need to be booked, and a walk around this vineyard makes for a very pleasant day indeed.
A day spent wine-tasting at Bodegas Binifadet in Menorca is time well-spent. The tours of the winery and vineyards are both interesting and informative, and afterwards the entire selection of wines produced here are available to taste and buy. Open daily and very relaxed, you’ll find a great variety of reds, roses, whites and sparkling wines. Another vineyard to try is Sant Patrici. Essentially a farm, Sant Patrici is a great day out for lovers of wine and cheese, as both are produced in abundance here. An interesting little museum, tours and shop all make this a charming vineyard to visit.
Delicious Spanish wines can be found in the vineyards of Ibiza, an island busy revitalising its wine tourism. Head to Can Rich for a thorough experience of the wine-making process. You can sample their huge variety of organic wines and tasty champagnes, after exploring acres of beautiful land and interesting cellars. If you fancy experiencing wine production on a smaller scale, try a day at Sa Cova. At this family owned vineyard, they hand-pick each grape to ensure an almost hand-made quality of wine. With deliciously dark red wines being a particular highlight, tasting takes place on the terrace overlooking acres and acres of gorgeous land.
No holiday to this little island is complete without a day trip to Bodega Terramoll. A modern, yet earthy and organic winery, the owners have created a beautiful vineyard to explore. Using the local Balearic grapes, the wines from Terramoll come in a variety of colours and tastes. Situated near the sea, it is a must-visit to learn more about wine, whilst taking in the stunning scenery.
With so much wine being produced on these islands, it is only fair to pick out some of the best. However, you’ll no doubt choose your own favourites during the tastings! Top local wines of Majorca include Vins Nadal’s Albaflor Reserva and Crianza. These rich, red wines are noted for their black fruit after taste and are best drunk after a couple of years. In Ibiza, buy a bottle or two of Sa Cova’s Rosado, a full-flavoured rose made using the local Monastrell grape. For those visiting Formentera, the wine to buy has got to be Terramoll’s rose. This unusual rose has a full taste and fruitiness about it, and is rather powerful, being 13% alcohol. Finally, Menorca’s Binifadet winery produces the tasty white Binifadet Chardonnay, an easy-drinking wine with citrus and tropical fruit flavours.
Author Bio: The guest post is written by Stephanie Rowe, who is an experienced travel writer.