Binissalem is the best known region in Mallorca for wine production. It is here that the re-birth of the industry began in the 1990’s.
Red grape varieties grown here are Manto Negro, Callet, Tempranillo, Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. The white grapes are Moll or white Premsal, Parellada, Macabeo, Muscat and Chardonnay.
The controlling body dictates that wine with a Binissalem DO (quality standard) must contain at least 30% of the Manto Negro grape for red wine, and at least 50% of Moll or Muscat grapes in the white wines.
Approximately 75% of the wine produced here is red, of which the most popular is Crianza. This wine is smooth and elegant, and is matured in oak barrels. The nature of the Manto Negro grape makes a medium bodied red wine with fruity aromas. A Gran Reserva wine indicates that the wine has been matured in oak barrels for at least 24 months before a further ageing of 36 months in the bottle.
For the whites, the Moll grape creates fresh wines with hints of green apples and nuts, that have a good balance between sweetness and acidity. Sparkling wine and rose are also produced in this region.
For the past 10 years, wines with the Binissalem DO quality mark have been officially rated as Very Good or Excellent.
For information on wineries and bodegas in this area, contact the Binissalem Denominacio d’Origen.