About the Balearic Islands
Talk about a largely undiscovered grape growing region…the Balearics Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera), located off the east coast of Spain, offer good values and some totally unique, high-quality varieties worth exploring. We have pulled our review of wines from this region (and under-appreciated) grape variety from our wine app (available for both iPhone and iPad).
- Red wines. The indigenous thick-skinned, mid- to late-ripening manto negro grape delivers light- to medium-bodied, low tannin wines with flavors of ripe red fruit, flowers, caramel, earth and a touch of spice. They are often light in color and high in alcohol. It is typically blended with callet, which adds tannins, raspberry notes and a spicy, herbal character to the resulting wines.
- White wines. If you are looking for a white, try the local thick-skinned, mid-ripening
prensal blanc grape which yields light- to medium-bodied wines with white fruit aromas and flavors of green apple, ginger, honey, almond and herbs.
- Appellations (DOs): Binissalem and Pla i Llevant de Mallorca.
- Primary White grape: Prensal Blanc
- Primary Red grapes: Callet, Manto Negro
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