Reviving Winemaking In Santanyí

Naturalis Historiæ

Mallorca has a long standing tradition of wine making. It is said that the Romans brought vines with them and planted these, as they have brought so many other things.

In his treatise of Naturalis Historiæ (Natural History), Gaius Plinius Secundus (23 – 79 AD), better known as Pliny the Elder, elaborated on Mallorca’s œnological efforts and the art of wine making. He stated quite categorically that the island’s wines were equal to the best wines of Italy, his home country. 

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When King Jaume I conquered the island in 1229, Ben Abbad reportedly gave the invading king grapes of excellent quality.

In the region of Santanyí, wine was grown as early as the 13th century. During the 1880s, some 580 cuarteradas of land (approx. 420 hectares) were cultivated with vines. Sadly, the phylloxera pest, brought on by a mean vine-eating beetle, destroyed virtually all of Mallorca’s vineyards, devastating the ones in Santanyí as well, at around 1893-8.

At Vinya Son Alegre, we planted new vineyards in 2004 and produced our first wines in 2008 for sale in 2010. Ours is the first wine from the Santanyí region in over 100 years.

We currently offer three white wines, three rosé wines and six red wines. Please consult the Son Alegre website for further information.

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