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Biniagual Winery boasts 33.7 hectares of vineyard and 148.000 vines. The land used for our vineyard has been used historically for cultivating vines and its soil is ideal for it: this area was used for viticulture as far back as the 13th Century.
In keeping with tradition, we cultivate typical Mallorcan varieties of grape; the Mantonegro variety is autochthonous to the island and our red and rosé wines are based on it; another autochthonous variety is the Premsal grape, a variety we use in our Biniagual white wine. We also grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Muscat of Alexandria.
We believe in handling our grapes by hand and with the utmost care: in the course of a year, each one of our 148.000 vines are treated by hand at least seven times, including the harvest.
Rather than using chemicals, we use natural methods to take care of our vines and protect them against disease: our fertilizer is natural fertilizer supplied by our sheep; our rose bushes alert us to the presence of any diseases before they affect our vines; and from May to September we patrol our vineyards on foot at least three times a week – about 10 kilometres a day – in order to monitor their condition visually.
A year in winemaking
The wine year begins with pruning, followed by arranging the stalks and green pruning to promote growth and reinforce the plant. The green harvest takes place between July and August: we select the best bunches of grapes, while they are still green, so that they can continue maturing, all the rest are eliminated. In this way the vine is able to focus all its strength on developing the best grapes. The green harvest reduces the total production by about half.
The harvest takes place in the middle of September and only the very best grapes are harvested and sent to the winery. The winemaker’s rule is to reduce production by 1.5-2 kilos per vine in order to obtain the best quality. At Biniagual we take this one step further and we only harvest one kilo of grapes per vine – we value quality, not quantity.