The reputation of Mallorcan wine has exploded in recent years and well-deserved as well! From whites to reds to roses and sparking Cava, Mallorca is bringing some serious competition to the Spanish wine market and more than a few people are taking notice. One of the wineries that is grabbing people’s attention is Son Mayol, who in 2014 launched their Grand Vin and Premium Vin wines, to much praise (it is sold out) and star ratings (95 points in a blind tasting of all Mallorcan wines in the respected Falstaff Magazine). Many here and abroad have started to wonder: what is it about Son Mayol that makes it so special? Curious, we set out to understand the vision behind this leading wine maker—who is also renowned for premium organic beef and olive oil.
Ask most Mallorcan’s about Son Mayol and their first response might be to think of some of the best organic beef purveyors on the island, and that would be correct. In 2001, an intuitive group of Swiss entrepreneurs with a desire to start a vineyard, saw the potential on the island for grape growing and organic farming, and set out to find a property. It took time but five years later, the 17th century grand villa of Son Mayol in the Puigpunyent region was available and it offered a potentially perfect setting for a vineyard with its varied soils and sloping hillsides, despite it not being in the more established wine area of Binissalem. The land was vast and an extensive clean up was required in order to allow them to register the land as organic and biodynamic, another crucial feature of the Son Mayol estate.
This same year, 2006, the first Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes were planted, and 28 Angus cows and one bull arrived to be used for organic meat production. In addition, two new varieties of olive trees were planted for a future production of olive oil, creating a symbiotic relationship that utilised the land sustainably and harmoniously. Today, Son Mayol Aberdeen Angus cattle roam over 150-hectares of chemical free pasture land, and they use sustainable farming techniques for their gourmet beef. Offering direct ordering, customers are getting a true farm-to-table experience.
Peter Moser, chief editor of Falstaff Magazin, gave Bodega Son Mayol’s Grand Vin red top marks in its recent review of Mallorcan wines. […] Grand Vin Son Mayol wins best Mallorcan wine
Meanwhile, as Angus Mayol began to develop, the grapes were growing and getting ready for the first bottling, which happened in 2013, with encouraging results. The interest at Son Mayol was to create wines that would rival the big Bordeaux names, so French oenologist Patrick Léon was brought in as a consultant and Marie Barbé, who has roots in Spain and France and has worked on vineyards in Chile and Russia, was hired as Wine Estate Manager.
French experience combined with an ideal Mallorcan terroir and microclimate, is proving successful. In a recent tasting held at their new ecological wine cellar (which opened in 2016 and uses French oak barrels to receive the fermented grapes, which drop thanks to a gravitational system that doesn’t use pumps or excess energy) everyone agreed that the Grand Vin of 2014, the first of the wines to be released in 2016, easily rivalled the established Bordeaux wines tasted at the same time, and the 2015 vintage was proving just as promising.
For wine collectors, the 2015 vintage seems ripe for investment, if you can get your hands on a bottle, and is also a great way to support local wine growers, adding value to Mallorca as it develops into a leading wine destination.
More about Son Mayol
Inaugurated in 2016, this winery produces organic red wines using the expertise of its French technical director and renowned assessor Patrick Léon. […] Bodega Son Mayol
The pioneering farm Son Mayol is producing organic Angus beef on Mallorca through sustainable means which is now available in many of the best restaurants. […] Son Mayol farm – an organic paradise
Mallorca’s newest winery opened with an unforgettable party, including a chance to taste the first two Bodega Son Mayol red wines. […] Spectacular inauguration of Bodega Son Mayol