THE DO BINISSALEM MAJORCA. In Mallorca, and in the Mediterranean, there can be no festival without wine. Wine is present in religion, celebrations and at mealtimes. Wine has sculpted our landscape, our architecture and our culture.
The Binissalem region has a long-standing tradition of wine production and became a “Denomination of Origin” at the end of 1990.
All the certified wines are made from grapes grown in the DO Binissalem wine-growing region of Majorca meet the requirements of the Denomination of Origin regulation.
The DO Binissalem region in Majorca offers an increasingly wide range of high quality wines:
The red wines can be young, “crianza”, “reserva” or “gran reserva”, according to the ageing period.
They must contain at least 30% of the Manto Negro variety.
They can be sold as young wines or remain in oak casks for a variable period of time, leading to wines of various categories.
Young Wines (whites, rosés, reds and sparkling) and those with an ageing period that does not meet the minimum required for the other categories.
The white wines are produced from a minimum of 50% of the native Moll or Prensal Blanc variety, or from 50% of Moscatel. They may be sweet or dry. Some batches are sold after a short stay or fermentation period in oak casks.
Rosé wines can be made from any variety authorised by the Regulations. They are sweet and fruity wines.
The sparkling whites are produced from a minimum of 50% of the native Moll or Prensal Blanc variety. The sparkling rosés can be made for any authorised variety.The ageing periods for red wines are:
CRIANZA: minimum ageing period of 24 months, of which at least six must have been in oak wood casks.
RESERVA: A minimum ageing period of 36 months, of at least twelve must have been in oak wood casks, and the remainder in a bottle.
GRAN RESERVA: A minimum ageing period of 60 months, of at least eighteen must have been in oak wood casks, and the remainder in a bottle.
All the wines within the Binissalem Majorca Denomination of Origin have distinguishing characteristics, thanks to the outstanding contribution of the region’s varieties, which combined with non-native varieties has long made the area’s wines well-known.
The wide range and variety of the region’s wines form a perfect combination with the equally wide range of dishes of the island’s rich and varied cuisine.