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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