Christina Schallock hides her nails and laughs when we take a photo of her. “Don’t photograph them, they’re really dirty!” she says. It’s impressive that, at 76 years-old, she is still working on the vineyard and the firm handshake she gives us when we meet is therefore not a surprise.
It was with these strong hands that she transformed stony soil into fertile ground 20 years ago and created a vineyard that produces the most incredible wine. There are no farmers nearby who might contaminate the soil with chemicals and no industry or traffic pollution – here, there is only the Xaloc wind that blows through the vines, and plenty of peace and tranquillity. “I loved the energy here from the start. The wine is a living being and its environment is really important,” says Christina.
Her wine doesn’t need chemicals, she says. “The less moisture, the fewer the problems with mould and insects. You have to nurture it. I don’t water the vines once throughout the whole year. The roots seek the water themselves and dig themselves up to 15 metres deep into the soil,” she explains.
Christina didn’t know anything about wine 20 years ago. Back then, she was only dreaming about having her own piece of land as she was looking out of the window at work one day, from the neighbouring Pollensa golf club. She then bought the land, true to her motto: “Never stop starting things and don’t ever start stopping!”
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She sold all her belongings in Germany and invested all she had in the vineyard. In the beginning, she even lived in a small hut without heating and only a small outdoor shower. “The first winter took me a bit by surprise, I didn’t know how cold it could get on Mallorca,” she says. She still has the outdoor shower, even today.
“You have to give 100% and live with the wine” – this is, for her, the only way you can make an exceptional product. It’s not that easy to find her wine on Mallorca. You either have to go to one of the few restaurants that have the wine on the menu or visit her in Pollensa. Christina also holds numerous events on her vineyard which she organises herself. “I’m so fortunate that I get to know so many interesting people here. Many of my customers visit me every year and many have become friends.”
We, too, also soon notice any distance that may have existed between us disappear, as she serves the first wine: a rosé (Verano 2018) which she produces exclusively from the autochthonous grape Gorgollassa. It has a surprising depth for a rosé and is perfect for the summer, just the thing for a light lunch on the terrace. Its clear apricot colour is reflected in the taste and the delicate aromas of the fruit come to the fore. Next, we try the award-winning Monada 2012, a ruby red wine (predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon) distinguished by a woody note, berry and cherry aromas and soft tannins.
After only an hour we see where Christina Schallock gets her energy from and wish we could take some of it back with us. Much is said about wine, but one thing is certain and that is how it connects people. As we prepare to leave, Christina sees us off on our way with two kisses and a hug.