The island wines from Mallorca have been blessed for years with high quality and Mediterranean charm. Along with Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it is above all the indigenous varieties such as Mantonegro, Gargollassa, Callet and Prensal blanc, that make Mallorca a true “treasure island”. Grapes that exist only here reflect the unmistakable character of this unique wine island.
The Ribas winery in Consell has been preserving these Mallorcan treasures for more than 300 years. It is the oldest winery on the island, and it features a stately mansion from the 18th century. The first vines were planted by Pedro Ribas in 1711. There are now 40 hectares, located approximately 150 metres above sea level, on sandy, calcareous and sometimes very stony soils, which are farmed with certified organic methods.
White wines from Bodegas Ribas
Rosé wines from Bodegas Ribas
Red wines from Bodegas Ribas
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It is run by the siblings Xavier and Araceli Ribas under the watchful eye of their mother, María Antonia Oliver. Araceli learned her trade from Bob Levi at the world-famous Harlan estate in Napa Valley and from René Barbier, one of the great pioneers of the Priorat, while Xavier gained experience in France and New Zealand.
Ribas strongly promotes the indigenous grape Mantonegro and is working on its improvement through selection. It is not easy to tame. The maturity is not uniform, the harvest taking consequently a great deal of time. The oldest vines are over 80 years old. Thanks to strict yield regulation, the Mantonegro produces a full-fledged, elegant wine. In the assemblage with varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, exceptional blends with structure and character are produced.
Dominio de Pingus
The first Pingus was bottled in 1995. This limited production wine from Ribera del Duero made history with a legendary rating from Robert Parker Junior (1998): "One of the greatest young red wines I have ever tasted." The vintage is also at the centre of a somewhat mythical-sounding story – the freighter carrying a quarter of the limited production sank off the Azores, with the wine ending up in Davy Jones's locker at the bottom of the sea.
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