Tasting the wines of Mallorca

Seen at the Fira del Vi 2017 and probably a sentiment shared by many visitors.

Thirty-nine wineries from Mallorca offered tastings at this year´s Pollença Wine Fair – in its 14th year in 2017. It was good to see five bodegas that had not previously exhibited at this popular annual fair – and to discover some wines we hadn´t tried before.

We took along friends visiting from Oxfordshire who really appreciate Mallorca´s wines. They are always disappointed that they can´t find the island´s wines for sale back in the UK  – although Marks & Spencer does sell a wine from the bodega Macia Batle. I´ve been told that the import duty that would have to be paid would make wines from Mallorca seem too expensive in the UK. Do you know otherwise?

For an entrance fee of just 10 euros we were able to taste as many wines as we wanted. That may sound like an invitation to excess but, believe me, there´s a limit to how many tastings you want in the middle of a rather warm day, as it was when we visited! Our entry fees also entitled each of us to a discount of three euros on a wine purchase. Our wine rack is now looking a little more interesting…

Below are some photos I took at this year´s Pollença Wine Fair – or Fira del Vi as it is known here. If you´re planning a visit to Mallorca next spring and would like to visit this event, the dates are April 21st and 22nd, 2018.

Pollenca

Another sunny wine fair.

Wines from Finca Can Axartell – which did a recent wine-pairing dinner at Can March in Manacor.

Not the huge glass that it appears to be at first glance.

Count Fabrice de Suyrot of Bodega Conde de Suyrot offering delicious samples of his fine wines from Colonia de Sant Pere.

L-R Javier Jara of Son Sureda Ric and Jaume Llabres of Son Prim.

Music too! A xeremia (Mallorcan bagpipe) slung over the player’s shoulder during a liquid refreshment break. No prizes for guessing what was in his glass…

We weren´t the only ones buying.

For some, it was all just too much.

Jan Edwards ©2017



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