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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Spanish Balearic island in the north-west Mediterranean which was once the seat of the kings of aragón. In the 19th century, the island was famous for its sweet malvasia wines, which all but disappeared when the vineyards fell victim to phylloxera. Of the 2,500 ha/6,175 acres of vines currently in production on the island, 400 belong to the binissalem, Spain’s first offshore do wine region on the island’s central plateau, with good, original reds from the local manto negro grape. A second DO in the south-eastern part of the island, pla i llevant, was added in the late 1990s. See also the callet grape.