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Pla i Llevant Wine Region

Pla i Llevant is Mallorca's most important wine region

The area was recognized as a wine region in 1993 and the D.O. Pla i Llevant - Mallorca was created in 1999.

Location and climate

Located in the central plain and eastern Mallorca (Majorca), covers 18 municipalities: Felanitx, Porreras and Manacor are the most importants, Algaida, Ariany, Artà, Campos, Capdepera, Llucmajor, María de la Salut, Montuiri, Muro, Petra, Sant Joan, Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, Santa Margalida, Sineu and Vilafranca de Bonany.

The climate is Mediterranean with mild temperatures, slightly cooler winters, and hot and dry summers. The soil consists of limestone, calcareouss soil and clay.

Grapes used

The grape varieties of the wine appellation Pla i Llevant - Mallorca are:

Red grapes

Callet (majority), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo (ull de Llebre), Manto Negro, Syrah, Fogoneu, Monastrell and Pinot Noir.

White grapes

Chardonnay, Prensal Blanc, Macabeo, Moscatel, Perellada and Riesling.

General characteristics of the wines

Red Wines: the color of wine is characterized by the variety of grapes used. In the mouth the tannins are soft, with balanced acidity.
White wines: the characteristics of the wines are specific to the variety of grape used. The wines made from Chardonnay grapes have marked aromas of tropical fruits, dairy and vanilla. Wines made from Premsal blanc, Macabeo and Parellada have acidic fruit aromas.

Important wineries in Pla i Llevant

  • Bodega Jaume Mesquida. Featured wines: Molí de Vent (White Wine), Rosat de Rosa (Rosé Wine), Jaume Mesquida Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Wine Crianza), Molí de Vent Negre (Red Wine), Viña de Albaricoque (Red Wine).
  • Bodegas Bordoy. Featured wines: Sa Rota Rosat (Rosé Wine), Sa Rota Blanc Chardonnay (White Wine), Sa Rota (Red Wine Crianza). The wines: Sa Rota Criança 2006 and Sa Rota Criança 2005 have won the Gold Medal in the Mundus Vini 2010 in Germany.
  • Bodegas Pere Seda. Featured wines: Chardonnay Pere Seda (White Wine), L’Arxiduc Pere Seda (Rosé), Gvivm Merlot – Callet (Red Wine), Mossèn Alcover (Red Wine), Pere Seda (Red Wine Crianza).
  • Vins Miquel Gelabert. Featured wines: Muscat (White Wine), Dolç de Sa Vall (White Wine), Chardonnay Roure (White Wine fermented in barrel), Sa Vall Selecció Privada (White Wine fermented in barrel), Golós (Red Wine), Gran Vinya Son Caules (Red Wine), Vinya Des Moré (Red Wine), Torrent Negre Selecció Privada 20 Aniversari (Red Wine), Petit Torrent (Red Wine), Torrent Negre (Red Wine), Torrent Negre Selecció Privada Syrah (Red Wine), Torrent Negre Cabernet Selecció Privada (Red Wine).
  • Vins Toni Gelabert. Featured wines: Fangos Blanc (White Wine), Toni Gelabert Chardonnay (White Wine), Negre de Sa Colonia (Red Wine), Fangos Negre (Red Wine), Ses Hereves (Red Wine).
  • Vinyes i Bodegues Miquel Oliver. Featured wines: Son Caló (Rosé), Aia (Red Wine), Xperiment (Red Wine), Ses Ferritges (Red Wine), Syrah Negre Miquel Olivert (Red Wine).

Details and numbers

  • Vineyards: 350 acres
  • No. wineries: 13
  • Production: 1.3 million liters
  • Commercialization of wines: 93% Spain, 7% exported abroad.
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