Over the last couple of decades, Mallorca was known for the heady 18 to 30s style nightlife of Magaluf, family beach vacations on Playa de Palma Beach and to the older British TV advert aficionado having “Water which didn’t taste like it ought ta”. That particular 1985 advertising slogan for Beer is long gone, and its been replaced with some genuinely sort after wines and some more genteel vacation options. Mallorca’s wineries have been very successful in recent years, scooping two Golden Bacchus distinction awards for their home-grown products, Tinto Dos (2013) by Finca Can Axartell and Son Bordiu Cabernet Sauvignon (2007) by Agrocoll Pastor. And what better way to experience the wines this destination has to offer than on a Gourmet train tour whilst taking in the natural and historic beauty of this genuinely unappreciated Balearic cultural goldmine.
The Gourmet Wine Train
The Gourmet wine train give you a change to see the wine in production, transforming grapes grown in the region’s fields into award winning wines, followed by wine tasting and tapas for an unforgettable educational experience.
The train stops in several vineyards allowing you to compare the wines from those fields including the oldest winery of Mallorca. Contrast the products of grapes grown on the south facing slopes of Serra De Tramuntana to those in the valley vineyards. Taste the best the region has to offer, with some fresh Tapas as an accompany.
The Wine Tour starts with a full tour of Bodega Jose Luis Ferrer exhibiting how the grape is transformed into wine. After visiting the winery and witnessing the wines in production, the tour continues to the serene tasting area. Here, four different wines are available for tasting, along with tasting notes from the wineries expert wine makers, all served with delicious traditional typical tapas.
The tour then continues at a leisurely place aboard the Mallorca Wine Express Train to absorb the sights of the Serra De Tramuntana mount range and surrounding countryside. The next stop is nestled in the middle of the areas vineyards to taste test another wine of the tour and get a closure look at the vines that produce the alluring fruit for the wines.
The tour concludes visiting one of the oldest Winery on the island of Mallorca. After seeing the picturesque Finca-Winery, a final tasting of three more wines with more indulgent locally cooked fresh Tapas concludes the tour.
Other Vineyard Tours
Trains not your thing? Or not keen to commit a whole day to riding one? Then the local vineyards have you covered.
Individual Wine tours can be arranged at numerous local wine makers, each offering something a little different to peak your interest.
Ramanyà Wine Cellar in Santa Maria de Camí is a small family run winery producing young wines and has an excellent sparkling rosé in their vintage. Not only does a tour take in the wine cellars with obligatory tasting, but there is also a non-wine-related museum, displaying ancient tools, traditional farming equipment, pottery and old carriages and bicycles.
Bodega Can Majoral has been farming organically since 1979 and is committed to producing high-quality organic wines. Tours and tastings are available, but the prized ticket is a place on the team of 200 volunteers for the annual full moon harvest. Hard work but a not too be missed wine experience.
Ca’n Novell, in Binissalem, operates on a unique wholesale basis, offering fantastic direct from source wine. The locals have been buying their wine from Ca’n Novell for years re-filling their bottles of wine from the large casks lined up against the wall. Bottles are washed and re-used when returned by their customers, helping to keep the costs down as well as reducing the environmental impact. A truly local experience.
Something Other Than Wine?
If you are prone to that day after headache from one too many tasting sessions, then Mallorca has numerous other options to pique your interest.
Cove hopping. With the island being surrounded by the beauty of the Mediterranean, you would be remise to not explore the coast while there! The renowned wonders of the water and coves that surround the island are well known, perfect for cruising and docking as your please! It’s as simple as renting one of the many available yachts or boats and kickstarting your adventure!
Bellver Castle. A castle built in 14th Century for King James II of Mallorca, now the location of the Mallorquin Museum of History is a Gothic Architectural gem. One of Europe’s few circular shaped castles this little-known monument housed kings and queens for centuries.
Cuevas Del Drach. Want to get somewhere dark and quiet? Take a trip to the caves of Drach. This 25 metre deep, interconnected network of four caves, is 4 km of edificial beauty with stalactites and Stalagmites to rival the Architecture of the Basilica De La Sagrada Familia.
Ferrocarril De Soller. If your train craving hasn’t been fulfilled, try a trip on the interurban railway between Soller and Palma. Known as the orange express because it was built with the profits from the orange trade in 1911, this historic electric train winds through the mountains of Mallorca via 13 tunnels.