The best wines in Mallorca: types and Protected Designations of Origin (Denominaciones de Origen)

Discover the types of wines and Protected Designations of Origin (Denominaciones de Origen) in Mallorca

The island of Mallorca is not only renowned for its good weather and spectacular scenery, but is also characterized by its great winemaking tradition. The island enjoys an ideal location and climate for extensive wine production. Continue reading this article to learn all about the best wines in Mallorca and their Binissalem and Pla i LLevant designations of origin.


PROTECTED DESIGNATIONS OF ORIGIN IN MALLORCA
PROTECTED GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS OF MALLORCA
WINES FROM MALLORCA ACCORDING TO TYPE
TYPES OF GRAPES OF THE PROTECTED DESIGNATIONS OF ORIGIN IN MALLORCA


PROTECTED DESIGNATIONS OF ORIGIN IN MALLORCA

Variedad de botellas de vino y Denominaciones de Origen de Mallorca.

There are currently four different types of grapes that are grown in Mallorca and many wine guides that include Mallorcan wines among their recommendations. In the last half century Mallorcan wines have experienced major growth, as regards both their quality and worldwide interest shown in their production. On the island, there are more than 70 wineries, over 500 wine brands and two proprietary designations of origin: Binissalem and Pla i LLevant.

The island of Mallorca is an ideal destination for wine tourism, so when planning your routes around the island, do not forget to include a stop at one of the wineries of these DO, where you can taste their best wines and visit their facilities to discover the production process of the best wines in Mallorca.  

Pla i LLevant Protected Designation of Origin

The Pla i LLevant Designation of Origin was founded in 1999 and there are currently 13 wineries and 70 wine growers, with a total of 444 hectares of vineyards in Mallorca. The geographical area comprising the Pla i Llevant DO is one of the areas on the island of Mallorca with the greatest winemaking tradition. The vineyards of this DO are established in two differentiated areas on the Island, the centre and the east, covering 19 municipalities:

Algaida, Ariany, Artà, Campos, Capdepera, Felanitx, Llucmajor, Manacor, Maria de la Salut, Montuïri, Muro, Petra, Porreres, Sant Joan, Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, Santa Margalida, Santanyi, Sineu y  Vilafranca de Bonany

In this second article we will tell you about all the special features of the Pla i Llevant Designation of Origin.

Imagen de los mejores vinos de Mallorca

Binissalem Protected Designation of Origin

 

The wine region of the Binissalem Designation of Origin, founded in 1990, is located in the centre of the island of Mallorca, with vineyards at between 75 and 200 meters above sea level. It comprises the municipalities of Santa María del Camí, Binissalem, Sencelles, Consell and Santa Eugènia with a total of approximately 140 hectares of vineyards.

In this article you can learn all the details about the Binissalem Designation of Origin.

PROTECTED GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS OF MALLORCA

In addition to the above mentioned Designations of Origin, the wines of Mallorca are divided into 3 distinct protected geographical indications: Mallorca Regional Wine, Serra de Tramuntana-Costa Nord Regional Wine and Illes Balears Regional Wine.


Mallorca Regional Wine

This geographical indication identifies wines made entirely with grapes grown in Mallorca and packaged in the production area. Winemakers use grape varieties such as red Callet, Manto Negro, or Fogoneu, among others, and white Prensal, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Malvasia.

These are clear wines, with aromas that are characteristic of the grape varieties they are made from. The whites are aromatic and pale yellow to golden in colour, with fruity or floral aromas. The rosé wines, from a pale pink to orange colour, are bright and transparent. The reds have a powerful aroma, are rich in tannins and, rounded and full-bodied in the mouth.

Viñedo de una de las Indicaciones Geográficas de Mallorca

Serra de Tramuntana-Costa Nord Regional Wine

Another geographical indication in Mallorca is the “Serra de Tramuntana-Costa Nord Regional Wine”, produced in the most rugged territory on the island, from Andratx to Pollença. One of the most important productions is Malvasia, a dry white wine produced with the grape variety of the same name. Malvasia vines grow on terraces by the sea, cradled by the sea breeze in a saline atmosphere.

The Serra red wines are usually made from a single variety, grapes from noble varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These are wines with an intense colour, with perfumed aromas reminiscent of plum and ripe cherry.


Illes Balears Regional Wine

You will also find wines with the "Illes Balears Regional Wine" label, produced entirely on the Balearic Islands with white varieties such as Chardonnay, Viognier or Parellada, among others, and reds such as Tempranillo, Fogoneu and Pinot Noir.  

WINE FROM MALLORCA ACCORDING TO TYPE


Types of wines of the Pla i llevant DO


In the Pla i LLevant DO, the production of white wine from the Chardonnay grape is noteworthy, fermented in wooden barrels. This process results in lactic, vanilla and very marked tropical fruit aromas.

Dry muscatel comes from the varieties of Prensal Blanco, Macabeo and Parellada. The result of combining these varieties is a set of very fresh aromas to the palate.

As for red wines, the wide variety of grapes used for the Pla i LLevant DO results in wines that are characterized by their intense colour and complex fruit aromas. In the mouth the tannins are soft, with balanced acidity, resulting in an overall sense of freshness. 

Vista en detalle a etiqueta de botella de vino de Denominación de Origen de Pla i LLevant de Mallorca.

Types of wines of the Binissalem DO

The native Manto Negro, Moll and Muscatel are considered the main grape varieties for the production of wines of the Binissalem of Mallorca DO.

The production of white wine in this DO is characterized by the Moll grape, which provides very prominent differential values for wine lovers. This variety offers aromas of fruits, predominantly green apple and nuts, in which hints of apricot and bitter almonds can be found. These wines are fresh in the mouth, with an adequate balance between acidity, sweetness and a slightly bitter finish. 

 

On the other hand, the red wines have their own characteristics, brought largely by the Manto Negro grape. In this case, the wines are characterized by not being too intense in colour. They are well structured and harmonious wines, with soft tannins and tertiary aromas.

TYPES OF GRAPES OF THE MALLORCA DESIGNATIONS OF ORIGIN

The type of authorized grapes varies according to the different regulatory councils of each Designation of Origin. In this case, the regulations of the Pla i Llevant DO and the Binissale of Mallorca DO qualify the following grape varieties for the production of their wines:

White grape

- Chardonnay (Pla i LLevant DO and Binissalem DO)

- Small grain Moscatel (Pla i LLevant DO and Binissalem DO)

- Alexandria Moscatel (Pla i LLevant DO and Binissalem DO)

- Parellada (Pla i LLevant DO and Binissalem DO)

- Riesling (Pla i Llevant DO

- Viognier (Pla i Llevant DO

- Prensal Blanco or Moll (Pla i LLevant DO and Binissalem DO)

- Giró Ros (Pla i LLevant DO and Binissalem DO)

Red grape

- Cabernet Sauvignon (Pla i LLevant DO and Binissalem DO)

- Merlot (Pla i LLevant DO and Binissalem DO)

- Monastrell (Pla i LLevant DO and Binissalem DO)

- Pinot Noir (Pla i LLevant DO)

- Syrah (Pla i LLevant DO and Binissalem DO)

- Tempranillo (Pla i LLevant DO and Binissalem DO)

- Callet (Pla i LLevant DO and Binissalem DO)

- Mantonegro (Pla i LLevant DO and Binissalem DO)

- Fogoneu (Pla i Llevant DO) 

- Gorgollassa (Pla i LLevant DO and Binissalem DO)

- Macabeo (Pla i LLevant DO and Binissalem DO)

If you are a true wine lover and like to take advantage of your trips to discover new wineries and varieties, you cannot miss the different wine routes offered by the island of Mallorca.