The Best Vineyards and Wineries to Visit in Mallorca
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With an increasing number of wineries on the island, Mallorcan wines are steadily growing in popularity. Mallorca has two regions awarded the Spanish D.O. (Denominación de Origen) – Binissalem and Pla i Llevent – and thanks to their proximity, it’s easy to take a tour, visit several vineyards in a day and sample a range of local wines. There is even a Wine Express Train, transporting visitors to several of the more famous vineyards over a few hours. For those who prefer to travel under their own steam, here’s our guide to the island’s must-visit vineyards and wineries.
, in Consell
, is the oldest winery on the island, and the family business has been producing wine for over 300 years. The 100 acres of vineyards have the widest range of native grape varieties of any on the island, with some rare varieties that were previously on the verge of extinction. The 18th-century family manor house on the site still has its original barrel cellar and wine-making warehouse, though visits to this particular bodega are by appointment only.
Bodegas Macià Batle
The large and successful Macià Batle winery has been producing wine since 1856, these days making modern (award-winning) wines using traditional, local vines. Tours of the winery take place at regular intervals throughout the day and include tasting four wines and some light snacks. This stop is also the first of the Wine Express Train route which takes in a number of wineries.
Camí Coanegra, s/n, Santa Maria del Camí, Spain +34 971 14 00 14
Ramanyà Wine Cellar
A visit to the Ramanyà Wine Cellar in Santa Maria de Camí not only involves a tour of the wine cellars and a chance to taste some of their wines, but there is also a non wine-related museum, displaying ancient tools, traditional farming equipment, pottery and old carriages and bicycles. The small winery is family-run and produces young wines, using native and other varieties of grapes, including an unusual sparkling rosé made with local Manto Negro grapes.
Cami des coscois, 16, Santa Maria del Camí, Spain +34 680 41 79 29
Bodega Can Majoral
Bodega Can Majoral
has been farming organically since 1979, and its commitment to producing high-quality organic wines has earned the place a lot of respect throughout the industry and numerous awards. Tours and tastings are available, but the prized ticket is a place on the team of 200 volunteers for the annual full moon harvest. Wine buffs put their names on a waiting list and come from all over to volunteer at the harvesting, with the winery putting on an impressive feast for all those involved.
Ca’n Novell Wine Cellar
Ca’n Novell, in the heart of the small town of Binissalem, operates slightly differently than most of the wineries on the island and their wines can be bought cheaply, direct from source, rather than through a retailer at a hiked-up price. As a result, you will find locals who have been buying their wine from Ca’n Novell for years re-filling their bottles of wine from the large casks lined up against the wall, or ordering bottles in bulk. Bottles are washed and re-used when returned by their customers, helping to keep the costs down as well as reducing the environmental impact. Their bottled wines (12 different wines in total) are labelled in Mallorquin and are mostly made from local grape varieties.
Bodega Santa Catarina
Bodega Santa Catarina
is a picturesque winery in the southwest of the island, offering tours of their vast vaulted cellar and vines as well as tastings, with classical music playing and local foods on offer too. For the romantics, there is the option of a picnic – a basket with wine and local delicacies is provided – which you can sit and enjoy among the vines, or in any number of secluded areas around the property. The winery uses both local grapes and international varieties in the production of its wines, and most of its vines are located in the centre of the island.