Today, we would like to introduce you to the bodegas of the “Pla i Llevant” region. This area in the center and eastern part of Mallorca has received the certificate of origin in 1999, which guarantees the wines to be of a high quality and grown according to strict regulations. As opposed to the region around Binissalem, Pla i Llevant vintners include imported grapes like for example Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay to improve the overall quality of the wines, as well as growing pure wines.
We start our wine tour in Algaida at Vins Ca’n Majoral. Our first glass will be a red wine, the 2000 Tinto, the Vin Ca’n Majoral Son Roig, a Crianza made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes, which has been stored in French and East-European oak barrels for 12 months. If you prefer to start with a glass of white wine, we recommend the 2000 Blanc Butibalausi, a young and very fruity wine with a flowery taste of the various local Prensal grapes. Where do you find this vinyard? Can Mayoral is located at the end of a cul-de-sac, which diverts off Calle del Campanar in Algaida.
Our next stop is at the Bodegues Jaume Mesquida, in Calle Vileta 7, near the Plaza in the center of the village of Porreres. The history of the Mesquida family dates back to 1589. As the family has continuously improved their knowledge and built on their expertise through the centuries, it is no surprise that even the youngest vintner of the family is counted amongst the best of the country, and that his name is still Jaume Mesquida. We would like to recommend you the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon, a cherry-colored wine, elegantly full-bodied with a very harmonious character.
Villages like Felanitx and Manacor have been maintaining the tradition of growing wine for generations. For this reason it is always worthwhile to take a detour to the South to Felanitx and the Bodegues Armero i Adrover in Calle Camada Reial. Here you will find an excellent selection of delicious white and red wines of both Mallorcan and French grapes.
In Manacor, we will visit a total of three wine cellars. We start at Vins Toni Gelabert. This vintner’s philosophy is it to produce wines with a Mediterranean personality. The accomplished result is the very interesting 2000 Ses Hereves red wine, a Crianza wine combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes. This wine comes straight from the barrel, un-clarified and unfiltered. You will find the Bodega in Son Fangos, which is located along the Felanitx-Manacor road at the Son Macia turn, where you take the opposite road and follow it for 1,3 km until the Bodega comes into view.
Our tour continues to the well-known Bodegas Pere Seda. Here you have to try a glass of the 2002 white Blanco Chardonnay, as well as the 2001 red Tinto Mossèn, both excellent wines. If you turn at the first gas station in Felanitx and at the end of the road look for Calle del Cid Campeador, Pere Seda is located at no. 22.
The last wine stop in the Manacor area will be a visit with vintner Miguel Gelabert. His Chardonnay achieved it for the first time that a Mallorcan wine was awarded a gold medal for the best white wine in Spain at the International Wine Fair in Madrid in 2001. But you should also sample his 2000 Gran Vinya Son Caules, which is produced to 80 percent from local grapes.
Our next destination is Petra, where Bodega Miguel Oliver is praised in three of the favored Spanish wine guides. You will find them in Calle de la Font 26, where Miguel Oliver’s daughter – certified in enology – runs the family business. Their wines belong to the elite of Mallorcan wines, and are at the top of the list of wine aficionados.