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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.
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
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
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.
Carrer Bonaire, 17, Binissalem, Spain +34 609 982 959