Mallorca Wine Tasting Tour – Sample Mallorca’s Liquid Riches on a Wine Tasting Tour
Wine lovers, rejoice: with over 70 bodegas from which to choose, Mallorca is heaven for oenophiles who want to sample the island’s exquisite liquid riches. From Can Vidalet in Mallorca’s north to Son Puig in the west, winemakers from all corners of the island have opened their cellar doors to visitors for tours and tastings.
Here, we’ll give you four tasty reasons to raise a glass to Mallorca, the Mediterranean’s most underrated destination for wine enthusiasts. September marks the start of the harvest on Mallorca so there’s never been a better time, than right about now, to plan your grape escape.
José L. Ferrer Wine Cellar, Binissalem
Founded in 1931, José L. Ferrer Wine Cellar is Mallorca’s largest winery. Lush vineyards produce wines which have won everything from a gold medal at the Berliner Wein Trophy to silver at Spain’s Bacchus International Wine Competition. On a tour, you’ll get to sample four or five premium wines alongside local enotourists, and anyone else interested in learning more about the intricacies of wine-making. The wines, made from local grapes, like Mantonegro, Callet and Moll, and foreign varieties, are accompanied by Quelitas (typical Majorcan crackers), Mahon cheese and organic grape jam.
Son Sureda Ric, Manacor
Son Sureda Ric is a must-visit for history and wine buffs alike. Its charming medieval building oozes character and sits among vines laden with plump Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Merlot and Callet organic grapes. Visits are private: it’s only you, your friends, and the winemaker and include an insider peek at the vineyards, farm and family residence. You are encouraged to ask absolutely anything you fancy, whether you’re keen to hear about the ground’s 15-century history or family’s rigorous taste test. Of course, there’s plenty of opportunity to taste the bodega’s ecological wine, not to mention exclusive samples from the family’s private collection.
Bodegas Can Vidalet, Pollença
Bodegas Can Vidalet enjoys a jaw-dropping location at the eastern end of the Serra de Tramuntana and produces organic wine using the Cordon de Royat method. The artisan winemakers offer guided tours through their vineyards and winery, including a talk on the bodegas’ history and philosophy. Afterwards, you’ll be able to sniff, sip and slurp the cellar’s youngest wines: Blanc de Negres, Blanc de Blancs and one of their Crianza wines (Ses Pedres or So de Xiprer). Traditional Mallorcan tapas perfectly accompany the wines, as do dramatic mountain views.
Bodegas Son Puig, Puigpunyent
Bodegas Son Puig, a family business, is one of the most idyllic wineries on Mallorca and the perfect vineyard to visit with wine-loving friends and relatives. In fact, the winery’s setting alone is worth the trip. Pretty Puigpunyent sits on the slopes of the Tramuntana mountain range and is surrounded by pine and oak woodland, almond and carob groves. A Bodegas Son Puig’s tour covers all the bases: you’ll be treated to a variety of delicious wines, sweeping country views and the unsurpassable experience of learning about an age-old trade and practice.
Photography courtesy of Son Sureda Ric and Bodegas Son Puig.
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