When a lot of people think of a holiday in Majorca, they are transported to a beautiful beach with fine white sand and crystal clear water or perhaps a winding mountain road with stunning views out onto the Mediterranean. However, if you venture inland you can find some pleasant surprises, not least of all an incredible array of wineries and authentic wine from Majorca to taste and savour. With a similar climate to that in Italy, Southern France and Spain, it is no surprise that with these optimal growing conditions the wines produced on this island can rival even the most famous names, in fact Roman author and philosopher Pliny the Elder wrote that the wines of the Balearics “challenge the comparison with the first vintages of Italy.” That’s why we wanted to help you by recommending some of our favourite wineries and wines all within a short distance of the Son Julia Country House & Spa.
Nowadays, Majorcan wines are grouped into two designations of origin (Binissalem and Pla i Llevant) and in common with numerous local wines, all of them are of great quality and have an intense flavour thanks to the many hours of sunshine that the island enjoys.
A good time to get to know everything about Majorcan wine is at the end of September, when the town of Binissalem, which gives name to one of the two wine designations from the island, celebrates the Festa des Vermar (The grape harvest), in which as well as enjoying its hot dishes you can help with a competition for grape harvesters, concerts or theatre performances, and of course, try vermar noodles, a traditional recipe made with mutton. Around 20 km from our Boutique Hotel in Llucmajor you will find the Bodega of José L. Ferrer which prides itself on quality, tradition and the innovation of new techniques in the cultivation of wine. Here you can enjoy one of the visits to the wine cellar and vineyard and experience the winemaking process first hand followed by a wine tasting session of some of their most popular wines, of which there is no shortage. Alternatively try Jose L. Ferrer’s own Veritas dolc 2015 which makes it onto our white wine list, made from the local and sweet moscatel grapes.
A stone’s throw from Binissalem you will stumble across the authentic and pretty Majorcan village of Santa Maria, which is also a very worthwhile stop when wanting to try the best wines the island has to offer. Here you can find one of Majorca’s most popular wines especially during the summer months – Macia Batle. This fruity, smooth red wine gets its name from the technique used in the production process, which you can learn all about on your visit to the winery where this and many more wines can be tasted and you may wish to bring some home as the perfect souvenir. We offer 2 of the finest red wines from Macia Batle here at Son Julia, meaning you can enjoy a delectable Crianza or Anada at our gourmet restaurant, which offers you the chance to experience the best cuisine in Majorca.
The Celler Tianna Negre is another of the area’s popular wineries and it also produces its very own delicious olive oils. However, the bottle Tianna Bocchoris which is made using Prensal blanc and Sauvignon blanc grapes, the latter having been allowed to age in barrels of new French oak, was recently voted 3rd in the top bottles of wine that are produced on the island by ABC-Mallorca and is available to buy here at our 5-star hotel.
Near the city of Manacor you will find the wonderful bodegas of Vins Toni Gelabert and Vins Miquel Gelabert. These two brothers started their own wineries, each one offering up their own approach and passions to create some of the best wines on the island. The two brothers are known for producing some of the best wines from Majorca, which guests can try here at Son Julia, from our carefully selected wine list.
One place we mustn’t miss and one that should certainly be our last stop on our wine tour of Majorca is the Armero I Androver wine cellar in Felanitx. Formed in 1992 when Luis Armero and his wife had a sudden change of heart and lifestyle and established their own wine making facilities. The wonderful white and rose wines produced here never fail to impress, with a true quality and elegance rarely found in Spanish wines.
Armero I Androver was also therefore selected by Son Julia to produce our very own white Chapren wine with Luis Armero himself working as the Oenologist. Last month the grapes here in Llucmajor were judged to be ready to be harvested and so the annual wine production process began. The blend of Prensal and Chardonnay grapes that are grown here on our stunning grounds are then turned into a light and fruity wine at the bodega itself in Felanitx. With approximately 2,000 bottles produced each year there is plenty to try during your stay. We also offer guests the chance to enjoy a wine tasting session here at the hotel, which features all the finest wines from the Son Julia Wine List. So come and celebrate the best wines on the island and raise your glass to an unforgettable holiday in Majorca.