Thirteen wineries from different municipalities on Mallorca are included in the 25-year-old DO (Designation of Origin) Binissalem, and 11 of these were represented last evening at a presentation of their 2016 wines. The event took place in Palma amid the palm trees and pillars of the beautiful cloisters of Sant Francesc (a must-visit if you haven’t already done so). The Binissalem region is well known for its native grape varieties, such as the manto negro – much in evidence in last evening’s tastings.
Wine tasting events on Mallorca are always popular – and several of them take place in the course of the year in different parts of the island. For the record, we paid 5€ entry for last evening’s event and, armed with our wine glasses (provided on entry), we were able to visit as many of the bodega’s tables for tastings as we liked. As I was driving, my tastings were limited to a sip here and there.
To spit or not to spit …
Something I’ve never noticed at one of these public wine events on Mallorca is a dump bucket or spittoon, for wine that’s been tasted, but isn’t intended to be swallowed. I still have an embarrassing memory of using one of these during a work-related tour of some top wineries in France a few years ago, and splattering red wine onto my cream-coloured skirt in the course of spitting. It seems there is an art to it, and fortunately I haven’t yet needed to acquire it on Mallorca.
Charge your glass!
If you missed this event, but would like to attend something similar, the annual Fira del Vi in Pollença takes place in the town’s Cloister of Santo Domingo over a weekend in spring – usually two or three weeks after Easter.
The DO Binissalem Wine Days Mallorca take place in May each year, with a programme of events including visits to cellars for wine tastings, concerts, exhibitions, markets and more.
Jan Edwards ©2016