in Santa Maria del Cami!
Anything the French can do, we can do too! We're all familiar with the hoo-ha and hype surrounding the release of the often disappointing Beaujolais Nouveau with everyone dashing out to wine bars to sample it fresh out of the bottle. Well, here in Mallorca the little town of Santa Maria del Cami between Palma and Inca has its very own shindig to celebrate the release of the new wines in the region.
Part of the Binissalem DO, Santa Maria has 8 bodegas within its boundaries and they'll all be taking part in the 15th Festa del Vi Novell this Saturday 25th November. It really is all about the wine with the day starting off with tours by mini-train to each of the 8 bodegas.
For a mere €5 you can board the wine express from town on two routes and if you are of a strong constitution you could in theory visit all 8 in the same morning! The routes are;
Route One - Bodegas Macià Batle, 7103 Petit Celler, Bodega Sebastià Pastor and Bodega Ramanyà.
Route Two - Bodega Son Crespí de Passatemps, Bodegas Ángel (photo), Bodega Can Rubí and Bodega Jaume de Puntiró.
and both trains depart at 9:30 and 11:30 so all aboard and good luck. (Tickets from Santa Maria town hall)
You are quite welcome to make your own way to any of the bodegas, who will all have an open doors (and hopefully open bottles) policy from 9:30 until 14:00 on Saturday.
The real fun starts at 19:00 in the town's Plaza Nueva when not only does the new wine fiesta begin, but also the town's 7th Fiesta de la Tapa! A zurito (small glass) of wine will set you back a monstrous €1 and a tapa from a choice provided by 14 local bars and restaurants will be an outrageous €2!
It certainly sounds like my kind of fiesta and my tip, if you fancy going along, is let the real train take the strain. Santa Maria lies on all three routes from Palma so there are plenty of trains and its station is only 10 minutes walk from the fiesta. The other advantage going back is that Palma is a terminus so if you are just a little tired and emotional you won't nod off and end up in Glasgow.
Have a great time.