The 12th edition of the Fira del Vi (wine fair) recently took place in the charming setting of the Santo Domingo Cloister, Pollença, north Mallorca. We’ve been every year since 2005 and this is one event we wouldn’t miss. It’s an opportunity for a number of the island’s bodegas to showcase their wines, and for the public – and industry professionals – to taste them. And all for the incredible price of 10 euros, which entitled you to entry, a tasting glass, as many tastings as you wanted, and a discount of three euros on any purchase made. Not surprisingly, this event – which takes place over a weekend – seems to attract more people every year.
When we moved to Mallorca we knew little about the island’s wines, and it was this annual event that helped expand our knowledge of them and the bodegas (of which there are now around 70). This year 36 exhibited. Mallorca’s wine scene is constantly evolving, and there’s always something to learn, and new people to meet.
If you come to Mallorca a couple of weeks after Easter, and enjoy wine, be sure to visit the Fira del Vi.
Another wine event is happening right now. The Denominació d’Origen Binissalem (one of the two official DOs on Mallorca) is hosting ‘Wine Days’ (yes, it has an English name – this being an event designed with wine tourism in mind), from May 2nd-10th. The DO Binissalem covers the five municipalities of Binissalem, Santa Maria, Consell, Sencelles, and Santa Eugènia, where 14 wineries are opening their doors to visitors for tours and organized tastings during this period. There is a full programme of events – including concerts, gastronomy, art, and more – available on the ‘Wine Days’ website.
Cheers for beer!
If beer is your top tipple, then Beer Palma – this year’s is the third edition – is now on in the Parc de la Mar in Palma de Mallorca. Some 50 stalls have been set up, with 160 different beers from around the world (but also including some artisan beers from Mallorca), on sale. Soak up your beer with some tapas and traditional Mallorcan foods, available for sale at the event. We haven’t been yet, but The Boss will surely make a convincing case for a visit . . . and someone has to drive him home!
Beer Palma is on until Sunday, May 10th, open from 11:00 daily, until late.