In 1231 the Moors that occupied the island presented King James I with a gift of Menorcan wine. Subsequently, the need to provide for the British ships that stocked up with supplies in the port of Maó during the British domination of Menorca in the nineteenth century led to an increase in wine production and at its height the island boasted 1,500 ha of vineyards. Once Menorca returned to Spanish hands and with the advent of the Phylloxera crisis wine production decreased gradually until by the 1980s wine was only produced for home consumption. Nevertheless, since reaching this low point, new projects have sprung up and born fruit, and in 2002 a geographical denomination “Vi de la Terra Illa de Menorca” was awarded to the island’s wines. The typical Menorcan wine is red, made from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. It is brilliant cherry in colour, with bouquets of red fruit and spices. To the taste, it is well rounded, mid-range, well structured and balanced. White wine is also produced, but only from Chardonnay and Malvasia grapes. Give yourself a treat and try a glass. You won’t regret it!
See the producers of wines of Menorca geographical denomination