In 1994, three young wine enthusiasts from Felanitx decided that they wanted to create a vino tinto from the Mallorcan Callet grape variety that would be better than your average Mallorcan wine. After some trial and error, they set up a small bodega in 1997, and they have never looked back.
Their Ànima Negra red wine was an instant success and recognition from international wine authorities was immediate. In 1999, Ànima Negra won the praise of being Spain’s best Red Wine of the Year. There were only two problems: they could not produce enough volume to keep up with demand, and they ran into a trademark dispute and had to rename their wine. It is now called ÀN.
They experimented with, but discontinued, a Cava sparkling white wine, and also started a blend of red grapes, the ÀN/2. Today, there are three tintos: ÀN, ÀN Son Negre, both with 95 % of the Callet grape variety, ÀN/2, with 65 % of Callet, plus Quíbia, a fruity white wine made from Premsal and Muscat grapes.
The 2008 grape harvest started this week. The grapes shown here are destined for the ÀN Negra Viticultors S. L.; the grape shown is the Syrah variety, I believe. This year’s harvest promises to make for a good quality wine, but not many grapes survived the massive rainfalls in May and June of this year.
The photos were taken near Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain. The date: September 11th, 2008. The time was 17:55:05 and 17:57:56, respectively.