In times like these, with such a tough economic climate, one of the best ways to help the economy recover is to support local products and markets. Our local wines, fashions, and gastronomy are increasingly valued and we should all work together to promote them. The island’s wine industry is weathering the storms created by the credit crunch particularly well – or so it would seem from what’s on offer.
Over the last 25 years the amount of Mallorcan wine available has grown extensively and there are currently over 70 wineries and more than 500 local wine brands which not only receive national and international recognition, but are also now being sold in countries like Germany – the source of a great number of Mallorca’s tourists.
The success of classic Mallorcan wineries such as José Luis Ferrer, Jaume Mesquida or Macià Batle prompted the opening of many more. Macià Batle already exports 15% of its wine, in particular to Germany and the United Kingdom, but the estate is also gaining fans on the island with more and more restaurants listing its wines, and by offering daily guided tours of its vineyards to locals and tourists alike.
Wine and the Med go together like bees and honey. Find out all you need to know for enjoying the nectar of the Gods on Mallorca here. […] Wine Mallorca
Locally produced food products
Tumbet, frit, rabbit cooked with onions, roast suckling pig, pa amb oli, almonds, olive oil, sobrasada and ensaïmadas are some of the island’s most well-known dishes and foods. Fairs such as the popular Mostra de Cuina, which in 2011 celebrated its 27th edition and has led to local food festivals, such the one held in Calvià and others dedicated to one specific local product. The llampuga (golden mackerel) event held in Cala Rajada, or the cuttlefish fair in Alcúdia are all proof of the increasing popularity of Mallorca’s own gastronomy. As for tourism opportunities, Mallorca’s restaurants and cuisine are a significant attraction and continue to add value to what the island has to offer, despite current difficulties.
For example, the Balearic Government has asked the European Union to authorise a Geographically Protected Status for Mallorcan almonds, which would help to promote farming of this product – of which 7,289 tons were produced in 2011 (this year 8,500 tons will be produced).
Sales of Mallorcan almonds increased in 2011 by 26% compared to 2012. As for olive oil, the Council for the Designation of Origin of Mallorcan Olive Oil registered a 15% yearly increase in sales by August 2012. Twenty-five per cent of the island’s olive oil is sold outside Mallorca.
Gourmet delights…passionate people…prestigious wines…fabulous fashion; Mallorca has it all. Get the inside track on what’s made in Mallorca here. […] The Made in Mallorca Guide
Between January and February, coinciding with the flowering of the almond trees, the island of Mallorca takes on a spectacular beauty. […] Almond Blossom on Mallorca
Within the textile industry, Mallorca has always stood out for its leather products and shoes. Although in recent years several age-old shoe factories have had to close their doors, the island’s better-known brands are surviving both within the island and further afield. Barrats, Lotusse, Camper, Farrutx, Tony Mora and Mascaró continue leading this sector which, although it is not currently connected to tourism, is, however, extremely international – as is the case with Camper, whose worldwide expansion is as significant as its popularity amongst local shoppers. Camper is now the oldest company in the sector, not only on the island but throughout Spain.
Our Made on Mallorca spotlight lands on Pedro Monge Álvarez, former journalist and founder of MONGE shoes: the hallmark for bespoke Balearic design. […] MONGE: shoes that make the man
The world famous Tony Mora cowboy boots are made in Alaró, Mallorca. We meet the owner Tolo Cardell who speaks about their successful domination of the western boots. […] Tony Mora Cowboy Boots
Uniquely Mallorcan and still made by traditional artisan methods, the island’s famous ‘cloth of tongues’ encapsulates the spirit of the Mediterranean. Jan Edwards visits the 160-year-old manufacturer Teixits Vicens. […] Traditional Mallorcan Fabric
Shoes & Mallorcan pearls
Mallorcan shoes and leather products can be seen at the industry’s most prestigious international fairs. Many of the factories are located in El Raiguer, in Inca.
The capital of Mallorca’s llevant, Manacor, is home to artificial pearls which are also renowned nationally and to some extent, internationally.
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Although it has changed hands several times over the last two decades, Perlas Majorica, continues to be a well known brand in the industry. Manacor attracts busloads of tourists every year and visitors come to buy the pearls and jewellery which are still largely made by hand.
Mallorcan jewellery is available to buy at a great variety of shops and workshops and customers can choose characteristic pieces in gold or silver, such as the typical Mallorcan bracelet; a thick chain with a Mallorcan cross (a Greek cross inside a rhombus) attached to it.
Another typical Mallorcan bracelet is the hoop bracelet, known as semanario; traditionally a godmother would give their god daughter seven of these, one for every day of the week.
According to the latest data published by the local Government, the islands’ exports have increased by 24.6% in the industrial sector. The highest numbers of overseas sales in 2012 were registered by traditional sectors such as shoes, essential oils, perfumes, cosmetics, leather and jewellery.
The island’s local products are well worth promoting. We should aim to promote the quality and know-how of local brands such as Camper, original and unique designs like the jewellery made by Isabel Guarch, and the creativity expressed in the kitchens of young local chefs such as Santi Taura.
These products are valued both nationally and internationally and should become a driving force for our economy and for the development of Balearic industry, eventually creating new jobs.
Those who wear Camper shoes know they wear a piece of shoe history, internationally famous for snazzy designs that capture many loyal consumers worldwide. […] Camper in Mallorca
Isabel Guarch is famous for creating jewellery inspired by the traditions and heritage of the island of Mallorca. Visit her store to view the complete collection. […] Isabel Guarch Jewellery Mallorca
Santi Taura’s innovative modern Mallorcan cuisine makes his restaurant one of Mallorca’s must visits. Book your table well in advance! […] Restaurant Santi Taura Mallorca