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The island of Majorca is not only renowned for its good climate and spectacular landscapes, but is also characterised by its great wine tradition. The island profits from a suitable location and climate for extensive wine production.
Four different types of grapes are mainly grown nowadays in Majorca and there are many oenological guides that include Majorcan wines amongst their recommendations. In the last half century, Majorcan wines have experienced tremendous growth, both in terms of quality and the interest shown by the entire world in their production. On the island there are more than 70 wineries, more than 500 wine brands and two certificates of origin: Binissalem and Pla i Llevant.
The island of Majorca is an ideal wine tourism destination, so when you plan your routes around the island, don’t forget to include a stop at one of the wineries of these certificates of origin. You’ll be able to taste their best wines and visit their facilities to get to know the production process of the best Majorcan wines.
Majorcan oil is an extra virgin olive oil obtained from the fruit of the olive tree, through physical procedures that guarantee that the oil keeps all the organoleptic properties of the olive.
Olive cultivation and olive oil production and consumption have a long tradition on the island of Majorca. Traditionally, Majorcan oil has been recognised and appreciated both by the island’s inhabitants and the citizens of the areas with which commercial relations have historically been held, especially with the south of France.
The Majorcan almond holds the quality designation PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) “Ametlla Mallorquina” (Almond from Mallorca). Many visit the island in spring to experience the amazing natural spectacle of the almond tree blossom. Undoubtedly one of the products that make our island a very unique one.
Decades ago no-one could have imagined that a fruit like the carob bean would end up becoming a confectionery star. There are many who still remember how it was a considered a delicacy during the post-war era, in a time when products such as sugar, flour or cocoa were scarce and became luxury items. Today, it is difficult not to see in the Majorcan fields the trees that bear this fruit, which has already become a symbol of the island’s 0 km products.
“Roba de llengües” or cloth of tongues is a typical Majorcan fabric made using a technique known as ikat or ikkat, that employs resist dyeing, using ties that prevent the dye from penetrating certain areas. Bags, cushions, curtains or tablecloths are just some of the products with these patterns that you can take home with you.
The blowing glass trade arrived in Majorca through artists who came from the humid Venetian lagoon, where the art of glass blowing began in Europe. At that time, European Royal Houses demanded production for their pageantry and glass artists worked in the Royal Factories. The subsequent bourgeois demand caused the emergence of some glass art workshops; one of them is Gordiola, in Majorca.
The process of making blown glass is an art in itself that produces unique pieces. The glassmakers’ methods have been passed down to generation after generation for more than 300 years.
CERAMICS AND SIURELLS
The Siurells are typical Majorcan figures, handmade and handpainted. The Siurell is a piece of clay, with a whistle, bathed in white lime and painted with green and red brushstrokes. Its origin dates back to ancient times and some people think that it comes from an old Arab toy. In Majorca the popular opinion is that the Phoenicians imported them, as similar figures can be seen in Sardinia, Eivissa and Crete.