The vineyard of José L. Ferrer lies on the outskirts of the town of Binnisalem, in the central part of Majorca. This area of Majorca is recognised as the hub off the wine growing region, and there are many vineyards. As we particularly like the Rosé that this company makes, we thought we would take a tour and find out some more.
The ‘factory’ is easy to find, and easily accessible. The motorway from Palma to Alcudia runs right by it.
It’s set in a valley with a stunning backdrop of the north west coast mountains.
The first part of the tour takes you through several wall boards, containing the history of the vineyard.
Then you are shown the vats and the distillery process.
It’s also explained the difference between bottling sparkling wines whilst they mature.
It’s something you don’t really think about, but when you see the scale of the storage, - just the one vineyard – it does make you blink.
You can take a walk around outside, and see the various buildings used during different stages.
You are also shown a short video of the evolvement of the vineyard to present day mechanical processing. The ‘olden’ days of hand planting, reaping, unloading were not for the faint hearted. The video also describes how the same vines are used year in, year out, and just cut back each year, to sprout again. There are field after field of vines all set out in neat lines.
Eventually we got to Jan’s favourite bit… the wine tasting! Unfortunately for me, I was driving, so I had to make out all posh, like a wine toff, and spit out the wine after tasting it. They produce all three wines, Red, White, and Rosé, and we got to taste all three, although the emphasis is on the Reds... the most expensive one was over €30 a bottle.
There is a shop on site, where we bought a 3 bottle pack for €14.10, I’d guess that the quality of the wine would normally make the retail price around £8 - £10 a bottle here in the UK.
A pleasant way to spend a couple of hours, and see a little something else of Majorca. The cost of the tour was €6 each.