Passion for wine
Formerly, it was said that a meal without wine was like a day without sunshine, or, to quote the French novelist and playwright, Alexandre Dumas, the wine is the spiritual part of the cuisine or the intellectual part of the meal.
In our civilization is very difficult to eat without drinking, but drinking can be very diverse, from the wine until the bleeding, passing through water, cider, beer, juice, etc.. In particular, moderately alcoholic beverages accompany the daily food either because they are light, food, spiritual and even promote digestion.
Numerous studies extolling the virtues of wine has beneficial effects by stating that the decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, due to the presence of natural compounds such as tannic acid, which prevent the formation of platelets and clots in the coronary arteries. It also improves cognitive function and helps reduce stress, so linked to heart attacks, bad temper, mild depressive states, … as well as being a crucial element of the healthy Mediterranean diet.
Determinants, Production and Wineries
For its part, the role of climate and soil on vine development is crucial. Factors such as temperature, rainfall, wind, humidity or degree of insolation determined the production of wines of different styles, for different climatic variables involved in the development of the strain in gene expression of the grape and, in Accordingly, the character of the wine.
Of the four main climatic variables that define the climate of a region, three are unchanged by man: the temperature, relative humidity and solar radiation. In contrast, rainfall is the only variable that man can change.
In areas of low rainfall, the grower can supply water through irrigation, and so have the vegetative control and quality of grapes. But in areas where rainfall in some years, exceeds the needs of the plant, the producer is unable to remove excess water and becomes a limiting factor for the quality of grapes and wine.
Rainfall is highly relevant to our Mediterranean area, where significant rains are concentrated in some springs and in almost every autumn. In contrast, in the three summer months is almost nil.
For this reason, it is very important for wine producers of Menorca, knowing the amount of water and the time to provide it to the strains in each period of the growing season.
Menorca has exceptional environmental conditions for growing vines. It has a ceramic floor, conglomerates and sandstone, among others, hit by strong north winds and the sea salt, which is perfect for growing, plus a great annual temperature and rainfall is not producing a surplus but with good management of irrigation, produces excellent results.
Around the 80s, you start the activity again wine in Menorca, new plantings selected grape varieties. However, not until 2002 whenMenorca’s wines will be protected by the geographical indication of Vino de la Tierra, with the publication of relevant regulations, which determines the conditions of production, processing, permitted grape varieties and characteristics of wines.
Currently, new vineyards have been established on the island occupying over 20 hectares. These new vineyards are located in all municipalities and have a length of between 0.5 to 7 acres.
Wines designated by the term came from Vino de la Tierra Isla de Menorca should be exclusively from vines planted in Menorca, the following varieties:
Reds: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Monestrell, Tempranillo and Syrah.
Whites: Chardonnay, Macabeo, Malvasia, Moscatel, Parellada and Moll.
The cultivation practices should be traditional and get the best quality grapes. Therefore, the planting density is limited to 5,300 vines per hectare and the maximum production per hectare is limited to 8,000 kilograms for all varieties of grapes.
The harvest is done with the utmost care and is dedicated exclusively to developing healthy grape wines protected with a level of maturity required and a minimum natural volumetric alcohol content of 11.5% for white varieties and 12% for black varieties.
All bottles of wine with geographical indication Minorca Island Earth that are marketed, are incorporated in the corresponding logo, the control number assigned by the Bureau of Insular de Menorca Consell Insular de Menorca, which is the body responsible for control and Wine certification Vino de la Tierra Isla de Menorca.
Finally, commenting that the Association was born in 2006 to bring together ViMenorca most winemakers of qualifying for the appellation of origin saw the Terra, Illa de Menorca.
WINE CELLARS in Menorca:
Mahón (Maó) y alrededores:
-Bodegas Binifadet (Sant Lluís)
-Bodegas Sa Forana (Sant Climent)
-Vinya Sa Cudia (Maó-Ctra. Es Grau)
-Bodegas Rubí del Mediterráneo
-Ferrer de Montpalau
-Hort Sant Patrici