The winemaking tradition on the island began with the arrival of the Romans in 123 B.C. and has lasted to the present era. Hundreds of hectares currently used as vineyards for native grape varieties stand to show the excellent work of Majorcan grape-growers. This figure is constantly growing, as is the number of new generation wines made and the Majorcan wineries with Denomination of Origin labels. Almost all of them include local varieties such as moll or prensal for white wines and manto negro, callet and fogoneu amongst the reds.
The best known winemaking region is categorized as D.O. Binissalem, comprising the municipalities of Binissalem, Consell, Santa Maria del Camí (where Bodegas Macià Batle is located), Santa Eugènia and Sencelles. These lands have been producing excellent harvests of local grapes for more than five centuries, and they guarantee wines that stand out for their excellent flavour, deep colour and unique aroma.
This area is sheltered from the cold winds from the north by the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains, creating a mild microclimate. The Mediterranean climate is mild, with long, hot dry summers, short winters and slightly rainy periods in the spring and autumn. The soil is rich in calcium, and the terrain is flat or slightly rolling, giving rise to brown or limy brown soils. The land is low in relief and the vines grow some 75 to 200 metres above sea level.
All together, this makes Majorca a unique grape-growing region, with wines offering all the special characteristics deriving from its island nature, climate, varieties and terroir. Tasting these wines is a must for anyone with an inquisitive and demanding palate.