The month past has seen us have the opportunity to once again to attend the Fira del Vi de Pollença, the annual wine appointment ‘must’ for both wine lovers and professionals. This year the weekend saw the twelfth edition, involving 36 wineries in Mallorca, four more than the previous.
The Fair was held on 18 & 19 April in the beautiful location of the Claustro (Cloister) of Sant Domingo in Pollença town. On Saturday morning the show was dedicated to the professionals, such as restaurateurs, hoteliers and specialised press, but the general public also had access. On Sunday the show continued to offer the best wines from Mallorca to all who came.
For an entrance fee of 10 euros which included a glass, a book of vouchers allowed the visitors to sample any of between 300 and 350 wines.
L’Association of Vi Primitiu, creative and, jointly with the City Council, organizer of the annual Fira del Vi de Pollença, hoped that during the two days some 4,000 people would attend.
This Fira aims to promote wine culture, offering both public and private professional taste a variety of wines and create both a framework and an opportunity to promote the high level wineries and wines of Mallorca.
This year the following Mallorcan bodegas were involved:
Bodegas Munar, Nadal Vins, Sebastià Pastor, Son Sureda Ric, Castell Miquel, José L. Ferrer, Canyelles i Batle, Jaume de Puntiró, Son Ramon, Ca’n Pico, Bodegas Bordoy, Ca’n Vidalet, Ca’n Verdura, Mesquida Mora, Comte de Suyrot, Galmés i Ribot, Ca Sa Padrina, Vi d’Auba, Miquel Oliver, Vinya Taujana, Son Prim, Can Ramis, Can Majoral, Miquel Gelabert, Pere Seda , Celler Son Vives, Vinyes Mortitx, Butxet, Binigrau, Son Bordils, Antonio Nadal, Coleto Can, Can Feliu, Son Campaner, Ana Vins and Bodegas Angel.
This year was the first time for Bodegas Munar, Canyelles i Batle, Ca’n Ventura and Ca’n Ramis to be involved.
Because of the spring timing of the event it was also one of the first opportunities to taste the recently bottled white wines – including the native Prensal Blancs – and a few young red wines from the 2014 vintage. Last year’s unusual weather patterns with a warmer-than-average spring, followed by a cooler July/August and then a very warm late summer & early autumn has proved to be a godsend for many winemakers in providing almost optimum conditions for our vines & grapes. Many of the new wines are simply great! Some wonderful flavours and fruit with, unusually for us here, an overall lower alcohol content than is normal.
So, watch out for the date for 2016; and if you would like then to arrange a privately hosted group visit to the event for one of the days, just get in touch with us. We are able to welcome and host you in several different languages and can organise a lunch or dinner at the end of the tough day!
Many of these wineries (bodegas) we work very closely with; organising regular tutored tastings (catas); private tours and visits, often including tapas or lunch and wine pairing dinners (cenas de maridaje) or even ‘wine & chocolate’ pairing. All of these events and activities are open to you and your guests/clients by arrangement. Our groups are regularly surprised wt both the quality and indeed quantity of Mallorquin bodegas and their wines…..
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