If early summer has its own sound, it’s the buzzing of bees collecting pollen around the garden… but that soundtrack is under threat. Since the late ‘90s the global bee population has been rapidly declining, due to colony collapse disorder – largely caused by man’s environmental damage.
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Not so at Es Fangar, where 22 colonies of bees thrive, with a 5-star lifestyle. The bees are fundamental to the estate’s ecosystem, and six colonies near the vineyards help to keep the vines clean. These diligent little workers are carefully rewarded: the honey is left in the hives as their food and immune system protector; water drinking troughs are provided, and the apiculturist supports the colonies with homeopathic treatments.
The bees are only one aspect of nurturing the Balearics’ largest ecological finca (around 1,000 hectares). The Swiss Eisenmann family bought Es Fangar in 2000, and have since been reconstructing and organically replanting the land. Four-hundred hectares are left as natural parkland – the habitat of abundant wild flora and fauna, including goats, tortoises, rabbits, hares, raptors, and numerous other birds. Thirty watering stations are dotted around the estate for this wildlife.
Commercial activities have been developed to fund the maintenance of this impressive estate, straddling both Manacor and Felanitx municipalities. The fertile soil and favourable microclimate yield ecological almonds, olives, and figs. Nothing is wasted, and nature’s bounty is turned into Es Fangar-branded products, such as almond and olive oils, and fig marmalade.
These products are sold in the gatehouse estate shop, Palma’s bconnected stores, and Temma’s organic-food stores in Germany.
Es Fangar historically had vineyards and the owners recultivated these. To the 36 hectares of vineyards planted since they bought the finca, an additional 28 hectares (the bees will be busy) have been added. Es Fangar winemaker Daniel Morales uses only organic grapes grown here. A new winery being built and due to open later this year, behind the existing premises in Felanitx, will make Es Fangar the Balearics’ largest and most modern bodega. Their export market is Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the UK and the US.
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In 2007 Es Fangar founded a stud and became a member of the Hanoverian Breeding Association. Stud director Patrick Kofler leads a qualified team, dedicated to the wellbeing of around 100 superb Es Fangar Hanoverians, in an area covering 450 hectares. The horses’ facilities include covered and uncovered training rings, 800m race track for galloping, warm showers, and dressage ring. An impressive training hall is equipped with cameras that can provide a live feed, enabling a trainer or potential owner anywhere in the world to watch a horse in action at Es Fangar. The stables have been rebuilt in the original Arabic style with interior walls painted pink – a colour with calming properties. There’s even a high-tech indoor grass production facility for the summer months.
This autumn the estate will again host the important Balearen Tour Dressage competition – the only top-level (CDI 5*) event in Spain and one of only 13 in the world. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see world-class dressage riders and horses in a spectacular location – with free entrance to the event for spectators.
The estate buildings include some villas, rentable for weddings and other events, film shoots, and holidays. But it’s also possible to visit Es Fangar for just an estate tour, delicious wine tasting, or both, by prior arrangement. Everything done here is to maintain the historical finca Es Fangar.
Being in this glorious place is like stepping back in time, where tranquillity rules – and bees still buzz contentedly going about their vital work.
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