Wine has been produced in Majorca for almost two thousand years and the industry saw a major expansion towards the end of the nineteenth century. However, until very recently Majorcan wines have been something of a well-kept secret beyond the shores of the island.
The three major vine-growing regions of Majorca are Binissalem on the central plain, Pla i Llevant in the east and Serra De Tramuntana and Costa Nord in the foothills of the western mountains. The Majorcan wine industry has benefited from considerable investment and modernisation in the last decade and the Binissalem region has been awarded the coveted DO status.
Some seventy-five percent of the wine from Binissalem is red, of which the best known is Crianza. Pla i Llevant produces excellent white wines, particularly those made from the Chardonnay and Muscat grapes. Serra De Tramuntana and Costa Nord is known for its fresh-tasting white wines and single-variety reds.
Whilst Majorcan wines are still not widely available outside Spain, they are without doubt the first choice wine to enjoy with local food when visiting the island.