Wine Tasting is easy
With over 50 wineries on the island, the Mallorca wine tourist industry is booming. All kinds of trips and tours with wine at the forefront are possible. Both privately or as part of a group.
Vineyard and Bodega Locations
All of Mallorca’s vineyard locations are as you would imagine, away from the coast in rural Mallorca. The majority are situated on ‘Es Pla’ the term given for the central rural plain of Mallorca. Santa Maria del Cami and Binissalem are THE places to visit for the highest concentrations of wineries. Find out here how to access the bodegas in these areas and how to book a tour of them.
As well as the grapes native to Mallorca including the Manto Negro variety, the Tempranillo grape is also commissioned to grow here. Tempranillo grapes have thick, dark skins and are grown widely in mainland Spain. The Tempranillo grape is blended with other grape varieties in wines such as cabinet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.
Santa Maria del Cami, Mallorca
Santa Maria del Cami is an area of Mallorca just outside of Palma. It is easily accessible by train from Palma’s Intermodal Station (Estació Intermodal) at Plaça d’Espanya. Santa Maria de Cami is famous for it’s Sunday morning market where you will find stalls selling local produce. There are many bars, restaurants and cafés in the area and also a well-known long distance hike you can do from Santa Maria to Orient.
Bodegues Macià Batle, Santa Maria del Cami
Established in 1856, this is one of the oldest wineries in Mallorca. The vineyards cover between 40 and 50 hectares and sit just outside Santa Maria del Cami. Owned by the Ribas company, you can discover Mallorca wine all year round with various tours of the winery. Try and buy traditional and modern wines.
Visit Macià Batles official website for more information and to book a visit.
The following short video gives you and overview of Bodegues Macià Batle
Located on the road between Santa Maria del Cami and Sencelles at kilometre 4.8. Bodegas Angel is one of the most state of the art wineries on Mallorca. This Mallorca Wine company produces new-wave boutique wines.
If you want to do a tour visit Bodegas Angel website.
The map below shows you can walk to Bodegas Angel and Bodegas Macià Batle from Santa Maria del Cami train station.
Jaume de Puntiró
This Bodega in the marketplace of Santa Maria del Cami is run by the Calafat family. Jaume Calafat di Nadal founded the business in 1980. He became known as ‘Jaume de Puntiró’ rather than by his real name. His two sons now run the wine company. Wines are produced here from Mallorca’s Manto negro, callet and Moll grapes. Also wines from foreign grapes such as Cabinet Sauvignon, Sirà, Merlot and Muscatel are produced They are all produced 100% organically on this wine estate. If you’d like to do a tour, email email@example.com. Telephone 606429023 (mobile)
Another winery in Santa Maria del Cami is Cellar Ramanya send a message via their official website if you want to tour. Why not walk the Santa Maria wine route. check opening times and book your tours before you travel. You can always book a taxi back to the station if your legs won’t take you there!
Where to Stay for Santa Maria del Cami vineyards
Reads Balance and Wellness Hotel 6 kilometres outside Santa Maria del Cami is one choice, Also Hotels within walking distance of Estacion Placia d’Espanya are convenient. Santa Maria del Cami train station is on the Palma train line and Macia Batle bodega is just a short walk from here.
Binissalem Denominación de Origen
Binissalem is now the main wine growing region in the whole of Mallorca. After campaigning, Binissalem was the first area in Mallorca to be awarded the prestigious Denominación de Origen status. This is a classification award based on geographic origin for exceptional food or drink. It’s predominantly a Spanish award system.
Binissalem grapes include the Tempranillo black grape which produces full bodied reds. Manto Negro grapes also do well in the Binissalem rocky soil. Manto Negro grapes are practically exclusive to the Balearic islands and are the most widely planted here. Manto Negro make light bodied red wines with high alcohol content. In order to lower the alcohol content, grapes such as the Callet variety, commonly used in rosé production are blended in the mix.
Is a small, family wine business. It’s a great winery to visit if you want a more personal, authentic experience with an opportunity to purchase some great wines. Check out this fact for yourself at Vins Nadal on Trip Advisor !
Bodegas Antonio Nadal
Bodegas Antonio Nadal was the first winery on the island to gain denonciacion de origen status in 1989. Magdalena Nadal Estela wine is a superb Mallorca wine produced here for you to try.
José Luis Ferrer Franja Roja Winery
José Luis Ferrer is probably the island’s most famous winery in Mallorca. Founded in 1931 by José Luis Ferrer Ramonell. Their ‘Crianza’ is a famous Mallorca wine because restaurants and bars across the island use it for their house wine. Some of the best reds from Mallorca are produced here at The Franja Roja winerey.
Franja Roja Location
But hey, go along and take a trip round the Franja Roja vineyard. Find all you need to know about their wines!
It’s located at the Western end of Binissalem and today covers 70 hectares of rural Binissalem. You can book to do a tour lasting just over an hour. www.vinosferrer.com
Son Bordils Binissalem
Son Bordils is a 15th century finca on top of a hill in Binissalem. It’s surrounded by 34 hectares of rural vineyards. Guided wine-tasting tours through their wine cellars with snacks are available to book via Son Bordilis official website
Cellar Tiana Negra
This wine estate covers 10 hectares in Binissalem and it’s main building is architecturally designed with a cork fence. It prides itself on sustained production methods and offers a fair priced wine tasting tour with bread and Mallorca olive oil. Book a wine-tasting tour at Tiana Negra
Getting to Binissalem
Binissalem is a sleepy little town with Moorish influence. Not even the Arab s could stop wine production which began prior to their rule in Roman times. If you are driving, it is easily accessed from the Ma15 motorway. It is also a train station on the main line from Palma. Here are the locations of the main Bodegas in Binissalem. For somewhere lovely to stay, try Agroturismo Es Quatre Cantons, a large rural mansion with a swimming pool. Compare prices on their official website against those on Booking.com.
History of Mallorca Wine
Viticulture was introduced to the Balearic islands by the Romans and survived Moorish occupation. The Mallorca wine industry hit an all time high in the late 19th century. Around 1890, approximately 30,000 hectres of rural land was covered with vineyards.
Root Eating Bug
But then disaster struck the Balearic wine industry. Agricultural Workers unintentionally brought the Phylloxera Aphid bug back to Mallorca around 1891. The bug is about one millimetre long and native to North America. In the space of 20 years the root eating bug was solely responsible for making thousands bankrupt. It wiped out vineyards across Spain and the Balearic islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza.
In the 1980’s investors in the Mallorca wine industry saw there was money to be made from increasing tourism. With new equipment and methods, the wine industry began to boom once again with new wine businesses opening up. 1990 was the year of the re-birth for Mallorca wine tourism!
Santa Maria del Cami and Binissalem are exceptional Mallorca areas to visit if your interests lie with the wine industry. Both these locations are easily accessible both from Palma and from each other. See the google map. Other bodegas are however located all across ‘Es Pla’ the rural central plain of Mallorca. And some are just as worthy of a visit. I’ll get to these in a part 2 of ‘Mallorca Wines’.
MEANWHILE REMEMBER TO KEEP DRINKING TO RESPONSIBLE LEVELS EXCEPT WHEN ON HOLIDAY!! see you next time.