"Illa de Menorca" Wine Route

As a Mediterranean island with a long seafaring tradition, Menorca has produced excellent wines throughout its history. Records show that wine was already being produced on the island in the 13th century. After going through a period of major growth in the 18th century (from the first British occupation) the island’s wine production was all but wiped out in the 19th century by a devastating disease that attacked the vines. In the last few decades, Menorca has gradually recovered its vineyards and in 2002, the local wine was awarded the "Vi de la Terra Illa de Menorca" quality mark, a protected geographical indication certifying the quality and provenance of the island’s wines. Nowadays, a number of wineries have reinstated the local winemaking tradition, offering some very respectable wines. Most of the red wines bottled here are made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Monastrell, Syrah and Tempranillo grape varieties, with a brilliant cherry colour and spicy, red berry aromas. The most frequently-used white varieties are Chardonnay (aromas of pineapple and banana, generous, fresh wines), Malvasía (with vegetal and flowery aromas, intense wines), Macabeo, Moscatel, Parellada and Moll. Some of these wineries run tours of their facilities and wine tastings. The island is seeing a resurgence of interest in the exciting world of winemaking and some restaurants and shops hold wine tasting sessions and courses. Plus, many restaurants now feature Menorca wines on their wine lists. Let yourself be carried away and treat your palate to Menorca wines. Drink in Menorca.