Next Wine Trip – May 2020

 

WINE TRIP MALLORCA  3rd to 6th May 2020

Mallorca Vineyards

We are delighted to announce that the May Wine Trip 2020 will be to the beautiful island of Mallorca.  We last visited the wineries of this region in 2012 and we have seen considerable changes since that time.  There are now around 100 bodegas on the island, all producing high quality wines from the local grape varieties Manto Negro, Prensal Blanc and Callet, which are being blended successfully with varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot as well as Chardonnay and Moscatel.

As on the previous trip we will be based at the Hotel Araxa, www.hotelaraxa.com set in attractive gardens in a quiet position not far from the sea-front in Palma.  The main wine growing area is centred around the village of Binissalem which is a short coach drive away.  We will be staying at the hotel for 3 nights and visiting 5 bodegas from the DO Binissalem and also Vino de la Tierra de Mallorca, a prestigious denomination in this area.  Those of you who were on the previous trip to the island will be able to compare the changes of 2 of these bodegas.

We have looked carefully at the best flights for this visit and our expectation is that most people will wish to catch the flights that we have chosen. Please note that you will be responsible for your own transport to Valencia airport and flight bookings. We will NOT be making flight bookings for the group.

The flights we have selected are as follows:

Sunday 3rd May          Valencia to Palma (Iberia)     departs 11.30 arrives 12.25 flight number IB8403

Wednesday 6th May   Palma to Valencia (Air Europa)    departs 18.00 arrives 19.00 flight number UX4011

There will be a coach to meet everyone from this flight at Palma airport for the transfer to the hotel. Anyone arriving on a flight other than the one shown above will be responsible for their own transfer to the hotel which is a 15 minute taxi ride.

Palma Cathedral

Palma Cathedralwhich is about a 15 minute taxi ride.

You may also wish to take the opportunity to extend your trip either before or after the group visit.  Extra nights in the hotel would cost approximately €88 per night (double) and €62 (single) including breakfast. If you wish to book any extra nights please DO NOT contact the hotel but let Sandy know your requirements when you apply for a place. We will then make the necessary arrangements on your behalf.

As we discovered in our recent recce, Mallorca is probably one of the most expensive places in Spain, and the bodegas are taking advantage of the blossoming wine-tourism opportunities.  We have worked very hard to offer good value to our members on this trip and as well as the bodega visits have included a sight-seeing afternoon in the beautiful mountain town of Valldemossa, one lunch and two dinners in local restaurants.  We expect the cost for this 3 night/ 4 day trip to be €445 per person for those sharing a double room and €495 for a single room.  This price does not include the air-fare which must be booked by yourselves.

As usual we will expect to be buying some of the wines that we are tasting and have made arrangements with all the bodegas that they will ship our purchases back to a central address in Javea where you will be able to collect them. Wines will be paid for in the normal way at the bodegas, but there may be a small additional transport cost which will be payable on collection of the wines.

As on previous trips we will be using our Attendance Criteria to offer places as follows:

  1. Committee Members 2019/20
  2. Members attending 5 or more CBWS meetings from Jan 2019 to November 2019
  3. Members in order of booking

Bookings will open from tomorrow, Sunday November 10th, and should be made with Sandy at sandyfawle@gmail.com  If you are a Committee Member, or have completed the attendance criteria, Sandy will confirm your request immediately and you will be asked to book your flights and pay a deposit of €100 to the society.

If you do not meet the first 2 criteria you will be placed on a list and advised on the closing date of Saturday November 16th whether you have a definite place. If you do have a place be asked to book your flights and pay a deposit.  Numbers will be restricted to a maximum of 34.  If under-subscribed bookings will remain open until all places are filled.

We hope that these guidelines are clear to everyone, but if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact any of the Wine Trip team for clarification

Wine Trip Team Ladies Hard at Work

Wine Trip Team Ladies Hard at Work

We are excited to be returning to Mallorca and we are sure that you will find this an interesting and enjoyable trip.

John & Shirley Sloggie

Tim & Sandy Fawle

THE WINE TRIP TEAM