Wine is Mallorca’s big topic, now, during the month of September. Forgive me if I report about wine and wine making in more ways than one and on more than one occasion.
The Festa des Vermar in Binissalem is still going on, now in its second out of three weeks. Felanitx, where I live, also has wine on its communal mind. Felanitx was big in wine making in the glorious past, such as the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century and, has lately come back into big wine production, perhaps not big in numbers but, big in quality. The Fira de Sant Miquel will be held this coming weekend in Felanitx with a special sub-section, the Fira del Vi i el Dolç, where local wine makers as well as pastisseries will present their latest creations.
Local shopkeepers participate in a Concurs de Mostradors (see photos top and centre), decorating their shop windows and exhibiting the tools of the wine making process, from barrels to baskets, portadoras to pumps, grape presses to wine corks, thus demonstrating the easily overlooked labour and technical effort involved in the manufacture of the nectar of the gods.
The wine being produced now will not be ready to be sold until at least Easter of next year. The wine being sold now would be from last year’s crop or the one of the year before last. This year, everybody speaks of an exceptionally good harvest and of grapes of an unprecedented sweetness. Let’s see if this will also translate into a great wine.
The photo (top) was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: September 18th, 2011. The time was 09:23:22. The photo (centre) was taken from the Internet, courtesy of compraafelanitx.org. The photo (bottom) was taken from a window decoration at Siurell‘s in Felanitx.