For more than 150 years the Macia Batle winery in Santa María del Camí is home to Mallorca’s most exquisite wines. Every bottle is an homage to their love for wine and art. Thanks to the excellent grape-growing conditions and most advanced technology Macia Batle has become one of the biggest and most famous wineries on the island since it was founded in 1856.
Macia Batle winery
The winery that produces up to 1 million bottles of Majorcan high quality wine every year is internationally successful and has been awarded many times. In 1998 the new bodega was built and can now be visited by tourists and wine connoisseurs.
We are invited to take a tour of the winery with Ramón Servalls i Batle, a descendant of the winery’s founder. After a warm reception at the winery’s store we visit the facilities where the high quality wine is produced and stored. The tour starts at the modern fermentation room. Ramón tells us about the winery’s history, the wine making process and different sorts of wine. On our way to the winery’s offices, we stop by a wine rack where we can find all kinds of different wines that Macia Batle has produced during the last few years. Ramón reveals that apart from the wine it is the passion for art that makes the Macià Batle winery so special.
The love for wine and art
Regarding Ramón wine and art are both stimulating the sensuality and therefore are a perfect combination. That is why every year since 1998 a known Spanish or international artist, such as the Majorcan artist Joan Bennàssar or German painter Erwin Bechtold, designs a new unique label for the bottles. Next we are guided to the offices where a table whose top is filled with red soil catches our eye. Asking Ramón about the meaning of this table he explains what really makes their wine so special is the characteristic red earth along with the native grape varieties. Macià Batle wants to transmit Mallorca’s personality and the love for the earth and art with their wines. “Apart from the wine, it is the passion for art that makes the Macià Batle winery so special”, says Ramón Servalls, a descendant of the winery’s founder.
“Wine and art both stimulate the senses and therefore are a perfect combination. That is why our bottles are decorated with labels created by famous artists”.
Passion for art
After leaving the offices we are led to the 17 degrees cool cellar where the wine is deposited and matures in barrels for one up to one and a half years until it is bottled. One of the most impressive stops of the tour is the part of the cellar where thousands of bottles are deposited for one or two years until the wine has developed its’ unique aroma. Next we are led to a gallery where we can admire the original paintings of the artists who designed the unique labels. Here again, we notice the passion for art. Following the stairs at the end of the gallery we find ourselves at the store where the tour started. In addition to exquisite wines Macià Batle also sells unique local products like liquid salt from Es Trenc mixed with wine or herbs, almond jam and olive oil.
The wine tasting
At the end of the tour Ramón invites us to sit down with him and taste the aromatic wines produced at the bodega. In a relaxed and familiar atmosphere we are treated with lots of care, openness and generosity. Ramón tells us more about the Majorcan wine culture and the different sorts of wine and snacks we are trying. Choosing a favorite among the exquisite red, white and rosé wines that are served is quite hard. Ramón explains that the wines are not only sold at the winery’s own store and on Mallorca but also at wine shops and restaurants in different countries like Germany, England or Switzerland. The secret of their international success? The native Majorcan grapes, answers Ramón.
The winery tours
He further tells us about the exciting three-hour train tour they offer which includes a visit of the bodega, a train ride to a finca, a tour of the vineyard and wine tasting. Ramón suggests taking the tour during the spring and summer months when the plants are green and the climate gets warmer. Macia Batle is well prepared for international guests. You can book the tours in different languages, either Spanish, Catalan, English, German, Russian or Dutch. Ramón further mentions that along the tours the winery also organizes events like benefit concerts with symphony orchestras or exhibitions, mostly during summer.
We feel the passion, enthusiasm and commitment to wine that makes the Macia Batle winery so exceptional. Asking at last about his favorite moment of the tour Ramón answers:
“When the tour just ended and everybody is smiling”.
Photos by Laura Pott