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MENORCA’S
WINEMAKING TRADITION

Vines have been cultivated in Menorca since the Roman Empire and even during the time of the Muslim occupation.
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During the eighteenth century the island’s wine making reached its peak. After the capture of the island by the British, in 1708, the population began to increase. This, coupled with the fact that British ships would stock up on supplies in the Port of Mahón, caused an upsurge in the production of Menorcan wines and, as a consequence, vine cultivation came to cover an area spanning 1,300 hectares.

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During the nineteenth century wine production in Menorca entered into decline. Several factors were responsible for this, the main ones being the end of British occupation and the spread of grapevine diseases (powdery mildew and the phylloxera plague that affected the whole of Europe), although they reached Menorca later than the Spanish mainland and Mallorca, favouring Menorcan production.
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WINE VARIETIES FOUND ON THE ISLAND OF MENORCA:

Common varieties include red Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Monastrell, Syrah and Tempranillo, with a bright cherry colour and aromas of spices and berries. The most commonly used white wine varieties are Chardonnay (aromas of pineapple and banana – full-bodied, fresh wines) Malvasia (plant and floral aromas – intense wines), Macabeo, Muscat, Parellada and Moll.

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