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Mallorca: Bodegas Ribas, Cornell

I left for Mallorca back in June of 2011 and did not really know what to expect. I had heard some really good things about this great island and its winemaking skills. For more of my personal insight into my travels and discoveries please have a peak at my travel story page.

I am very lucky. In two days I discovered some great wines but none so more than at Bodegas Ribas, the oldest winery and Bodegas on the island, 300 years this year in August and the third oldest in Spain. I found Araceli, the owner, a complete delight to talk to and converse with. She was hard at work at the time but took time out to meet me and talk me through the ethos of the winery. What was really amazing was the fact that their vineyard manager has been with them for most of his life and he is now in his Nineties! That shows me the right kind of quality in terms of looking after fellow human beings.

I sat and tasted the following wines with Araceli and this followed an exciting tasting there a few days before, when their Soma 2009, a Viognier of extraordinary proportions, drew me back to the vineyard, since I simply had to have it! It is simply one of the best, if not the best wine I have imported!

The red wines are pretty special too. On tasting the Sio Collitta 2009 I think it needs a little more time in the bottle but the Ribas Negre 2009 is really quite splendid!

Please click on the wines below my logo to look at the specific wines.

These are such great wines. I am very proud to be offering them to you.

Below is a photo of the courtyard at the Bodegas and also of Araceli’s lovely hound!