Palma de Mallorca, 13th Mar 03
NEW GOURMET FOOD & WINE ROUTES
Visitors can sample the best of Mallorcan produce direct from the local producers
MALLORCA LAUNCHES NEW GOURMET FOOD AND WINE ROUTES
“AGRORUTES DEL BON GUST”
The Balearic Ministry of Agriculture has launched a new programme of four food and wine routes around Mallorca called “Agrorutes del Bon Gust” (translated as “Gourmet Agricultural Routes”). These routes focus on family firms producing wine, cheese, local sausage (sobrasada), organic products including almonds, fruit & vegetables, jams etc…
After testing the concept last year, The Ministry believes that these routes present an excellent way in which to discover and sample the best of Mallorca’s traditional food products. Inititally the routes were aimed at local residents, but the response from tourists has been so encouraging that a leaflet has now been produced in four different languages.
The four routes focus on:
Wine - split into three routes including the two main wine producing regions of Mallorca; D.O. Binissalem, D.O. Pla I Llevant and Vins de la Terra including wines identified by geographical location.
The D.O. (Denominación de Origen) guarantees the origin of the wine and its quality. In D.O. Binissalem (taking in the villages of Santa Maria, Santa Eugenia, Consell, Binissalem and Sencelles) red, rosé, white and sparkling wines are produced, and the majority of the grapes used include Manto Negro and Moll. In the D.O. Pla I Llevant (including the villages of Algaida, Porreres, Felantix, Petra and Manacor). The white wines are made from Moscatel, Chardonnay and Moll grapes and the reds are made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Callet, Merlot and Syrah grapes.
Vins de la Terra (or regional wines category) including red, rosé and white wines from the Serra de Tramuntana – Costa Nord region, and other local wines taking in four bodegas in Andratx, Alaro, Inca and Pollenca.
Sobrassada – a traditional cold meat product (resembles a cross between sausage and paté) made from selected pork, which is minced and seasoned with red pepper, salt and spices. Four producers are featured in Soller, Felanitx and Arta.
Organic Produce – featuring eight producers throughout the island offering nuts, jams, fruit and vegetables, wines, and pre-cooked organic foods.
Cheese – two producers are included featuring uncooked, pressed cheeses, made from cow/sheep or goat’s milk.
Production of cheese, sausage (sobrasada), wine, almonds, may be small on Mallorca compared to the Spanish mainland, but these products have their own distinctive Mallorcan character and the family firms involved in their production are fiercely proud of the results.
Visitors wishing to sample any of the products features on these routes can either visit the factory within business hours or, call any of the numbers featured on the leaflet (available in tourist offices on the island) to organise a visit or request a leaflet at the following address:-
Fomento del Turismo de Mallorca
(Ref "Agrorutas de Bon Gust")
C/ Constitución, 1
07001 Palma de Mallorca
For further information, please contact:
Mallorca Tourist Board, Dominique Carroll / Anna Skidmore,
Tel:(+34) 971 725 396 Fax: (+34) 971 713 540
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