A nine day festival featuring the culture, history, art, music, food and wine of the Binissalem 'Denominacion de Origen' area of Mallorca.
Wine has been the staple product of the 5 towns – Binissalem, Santa Maria del Cami, Consell, Sencelles and Santa Eugenia – which comprise the Binissalem D.O. for hundreds of years. These days the
wine is well thought of and consumed way beyond the boundaries of the area itself, Mallorca and even Spain, with a fair percentage of the harvest being exported each year.
But the area is so much more than wine – important though that is – and a nine day festival from the 10th until 18th May aims to highlight just what a fascinating region this is, with its wine as
the main lure to visitors.
No less than 14 bodegas in the five towns will welcome visitors as if they were members of the family and treat them to wine tasting during guided tours (in a language you understand) of the fields
and cellars. Wine production here has to meet the standards of the D.O. by being made from high percentages of local grapes – 30% manto negro in red, and 50% Moll or Prensal Blanc in white – so
that they are unlike any other wine made in Spain.
On a plain bounded by the Sierra Tramuntana mountains in the west, the area is spectacularly picturesque, particularly in Spring when the fields are in flower and the scent fills the warm fresh
air. It's great walking country, with the flat landscape punctuated with the mellow sandstone outcrops of the churches, windmills and houses of the towns and villages.
Here you'll find some of the best restaurants in Mallorca, making both typical and vanguard cuisine from island grown products – wine, olive oil, almonds, cured meat and salt – which you can try at
special tapas nights during the festival. Each town also has its own local market where fresh produce and local arts and crafts are sold in a buzzing, friendly atmosphere where you might just catch
performances of folk dancing by the 'giants' and 'big heads' accompanied by pipers and flute players and other strolling musicians.
The festival encompasses the heart and soul of this small region and has a whole variety of activities, performances and exhibitions going on that it's difficult to put everything into a small
article but I hope I've provided a flavour for the concept.......
There is of course a website for the event – here's the link; Wine Days Mallorca – which gives more detail on what, where, when and
how, so do have a look and see what takes your fancy.