Top 5 Majorcan Wines

Posted on: March 10th, 2015 by admin No Comments

In the past, Majorcan wines have been looked down upon as inferior to Italian or French varieties. In recent years, however, there has been a boom in Spanish wines, and the sunny Mediterranean island of Majorca can now boast many delectable vintages.

Majorcan Wines

Binissalem in Majorca’s central plain is now the most widely-known area for vineyards in Majorca, and was the birthplace of the new wine industry in the 1990s following decimation by pests and blight. Grapes grown here include Manto Negro, Callet, Tempranillo, Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot for the red varieties, and the whites include Moll, Premsal, Parellada, Macabeo, Muscat and Chardonnay.

1. Crianza
With more body than Merlot, this locally produced wine is most commonly aged in oak barrels, which lend their flavours to the wine. This type of red wine is the most common in the Binissalem area, and usually comes at an accessible price. It’s a high-quality wine for everyday drinking.

2. Manto Negro
This wine is almost exclusively found on Majorca, meaning it’s a must-try for travellers and holidaymakers. The wine produced is commonly light-bodied, soft, and fruity.

3. Muscat
There are various kinds of Muscat or Muscatel grapes grown in Majorca, and wines produced from Miquel Oliver’s bodega in Petra village are considered especially fine. These sweet white wines are perfect with cheeses or creamy Majorcan desserts after a meal.

4. Cabernet Sauvignon
One of the world’s most recognised red wines, this grape variety is also grown locally in Majorca. This wine is again known for its affinity for oak, where it is most often aged. In Majorca, the grapes are grown in the foothills of the mountains in Serra de Tramuntana and the Costa Nord.

5. Callet
This grape has been known in the past as a rustic red, best used for making rose wine, but the grape’s spice has more recently made it a popular blend with other varieties on Majorca. Bodega Miquel Oliver and Bodega Pere Seda both use this grape to add complexity to their reds and roses.

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