Top 10 Spanish regions to watch18th December, 2013 by Lucy Shaw
Across the Mediterranean, achingly hip winery 4 Kilos, established in 2006 by four winemakers, is helping to put Majorca on the wine map by championing the island’s little-known Callet variety, employing a different contemporary artist each year to etch its latest label.
The island boasts two DOs: Binissalem, which was officially recognised in 1991, and Pla I Llevant, which upgraded to DO status a decade later in 2001. In the 1990’s, a number of producers in Binissalem decided it was time to invest in their businesses in an effort to improve the quality of their wines.
Local variety, the medium bodied and fruity Manto Negro, accounts for over half of red gape plantings in the region’s lime over clay soils, while indigenous white, the fresh and citric Moll, makes up 70% of the DOs white wine output.
The DO stipulates that reds from the Binissalem must contain at least 30% Manto Negro and at least 50% of Moll in its whites. Pla I Llevant meanwhile, has similar clay and limestone soils to Binissalem and is gaining recognition for indigenous red grape Fogoneu, which is similar to Gamay in character.