Last week I was delighted to attend the Mallorca Wine Fair in Pollença, which is in the north of the gorgeous Balearic Island of Mallorca. Yes, it is spelt Majorca in English!
Does Mallorca make wine? This is a question I get asked a lot by friends, clients, and my social media followers, and the answer is YES, IT DOES!!
For those of you who are reading this and are new to Lingo Vino, welcome! My name is Laura, and I am fortunate to work in the wine industry and my niche is Spanish wines. I love what Spain has to offer as a wine-producing country, the various wine styles, the vast number of indigenous grapes, the history, geography, and let’s not forget the idyllic climate! Pairing these wines with a local delicacy is just a match made in heaven!
So, getting back to this incredible event I attended. As soon as I saw the date confirmed for the Feria del Vino, or La Fira del Vi as they say on the island, I booked my flights. This year is the first year since Covid 19 that they have been able to hold the event in the Sant Domingo Cloister, 2023 also marks 20 years since the launch of the wine fair. This year the event took place on Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th of May, and you don’t have to attend both days, I just went from 12-4 pm on Saturday. This is apparently the best time to go too! It cost 15 euros to enter and for this, you get given your own fabulous wine glass and a 5 euro voucher which can be used when you purchase a bottle of wine during the event.
Turning up on my own wasn’t daunting at all as I already knew some of the winemakers who would be showcasing their wines and I was excited to mingle and meet new contacts and potential clients. I was obviously dying to taste all the wines too! The weather was just perfect and surrounding the venue, amongst the tiny, cobbled streets of this quaint village, were beautiful boutiques, local ‘vinotecas’, and a food stand with traditional Mallorquin delights; empanadas and Coca De Trampó (Mallorcan vegetable flatbread). Outside was also an area for the ‘Bodegas’ (wineries) to take attendees through a tasting of some wines from their portfolio and answer any questions.
As I wandered around, in awe of the whole experience, in quite high wedges which looked great, but not recommended on the cobbles whilst consuming alcohol, they had local musicians serenading us. It was just amazing, everything I love wine, music, and food! In total there were 39 wineries that were presenting their wines at the fair, from the main wine-making areas of DO Pla i Llevant, DO Binissalem and VT Mallorca, plus one from DO Montsant, Cataluña. It was great catching up with Bodegas Angel, Miquel Oliver, and Jose L. Ferrer.
Which wines did I enjoy…?
I am a big lover of the red wines from Mallorca with the local grapes Manto Negro and Callet. During the event, I went out of my way to try more of the whites and rosé wines and the odd bottle of Sparking wine too! The rosés were what took me by surprise the most. They were paler than I would have expected with intriguing personalities. Provencal style, but were packed with lots of exciting fruit flavours, a decent body, and a superb bright acidity, bringing balance to the palate. One of my favourite rosé wines of the day was by Can Axartell. Check out the link below!
CAN AXARTELL – Vi de la terra Mallorca
I did purchase a beautiful bottle of Sparkling Wine, but that will be revealed in another post!
If you are heading to Mallorca this Summer, Lingo Vino knows all the top wineries and all the incredible wine & food experiences the island has to offer. For more wine tips follow @lingovino on all social media platforms.
Links to the wineries mentioned in the text:
Miquel Oliver – Viñas y bodegas
Bodegas Angel – Vinos de Mallorca, Bodegas Ángel