THE NEW WINERY
THE WINE CELLARS,
A PERFECT SYNTHESIS
OF PAST AND PRESENT
The building of the new winery is located within spitting distance of Petra, surrounded by its vineyards. The construction stands out with its functionality and has been designed with ample space and the latest technology in order to optimize and control every step of the process of making wine: reception of the grapes, vinification, aging in barrels, bottling, aging in bottles, labeling and storage. In addition, the proximity of the vineyards affects considerably the quality of wine because the grapes do not have to be transported and they are brought directly from the field to the winery.
Therefore, the new facilities, spacious and modern, allow to unify the entire production process in the same building : a great advantage compared the old facilities. This new building also has spaces specially designed in order to degust, taste and celebrate different events. It has capacity to receive groups of visitors and offer different types of customized tours. It also has a modern shop where you can taste and buy wines.
The old winery of great architectural beauty and located within the village, remains open for tours, tastings, degustation and events.
WALL DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITS
FROM THE PAST. THESE SHOW THE METHODS OF YESTERYEAR AND HELP TO EXPLAIN HOW WE DO THINGS TODAY.
Our estate is located in Petra, a small community in the heart of Mallorca. It represents a perfect harmony between the past and the present. A present that can be seen all around us and a past which we can visit with the help of some historical items that we have on display in the wine cellar.
These include equipment that we no longer work with but which brings the past alive for our visitors. Because they are full of secrets and memories, having been used on a daily basis by our ancestors over a long period and having witnessed the passage of time. If only they could talk…
Many originate from the time when our bodega was being built and have remained part of the house in which we still live and work.
Where wooden vats once stood, you now find stainless steel tanks. Instead of the delicate and less than wholly reliable equipment with which the grapes were analysed many years ago, we now work with complex, highly advanced instruments. Where once they had to communicate via the local telephone exchange, we now use mobile phones, computers and internet… and we also have precision watches that, despite their sophistication, are still not able to halt the onward rush of time.
TRADITION + INNOVATION
Whenever someone opens a bottle of Aia, raises a toast with a Mont Ferrutx, shows an interest in a Ses Ferritges or smiles while uncorking a bottle of Calo Son, we regard this as a form of acknowledgement. That even applies if someone expresses criticism, which at least means they are taking a stance on one of our wines.
What better incentive could there be for further research and experimentation than these acknowledgements of our work?
There is no magic formula for successfully combining the traditional values of a family winegrowing business with a modern and open-minded approach.
Or maybe there is? At least the results leave no room for doubt. And we can observe these every day, not just here but in the other major bodegas of Mallorca.
We list here some of the acknowledgements and key moments in our history that we will remember with the utmost pride.
Our first big success came in 1987, a year of innovation, with a clear favourite: Son Calo Rosat. We had taken the decision to invest in some new stainless steel tanks, and with a new cooling unit to control the temperature of fermentation, we played our part in introducing a revolutionary new technology to Mallorca. That was very important, and it even secured for us the first national prize ever won by a bodega in the Balearics: the Baco de Bronce (Bronze Bacchus) awarded by the Spanish Association of Wine Tasters to our Caló Rosat.
1994 is another date which we remember with pride. It was the year in which our experiments first attracted recognition on a big scale. And that was for our Muscat: a dry Muscatel, completely new to the national market, was selected by the Spanish Sommelier Association as the top Spanish white wine. Since then, we have successfully competed with the big names and have been awarded further prizes, medals and stars.
All of this makes us thankful for so many things, especially for our part of the Island – the Pla de Mallorca – because that’s where everything begins. The land always gives us so much more than we give in return, and there is no medal that can adequately express our acknowledgement.
There are paintings on various walls of our bodega, which take us back to the beginning of the last century when the wine cellar provided temporary shelter from bombing raids for our neighbours in Petra. During the long hours of endurance, waiting and temporary displacement, they passed the time with painting, and they even set up a primitive sort of cinema. Who knows which future artist began his or her career under these strange circumstances?
The wine cellar was built in 1868 and acquired in 1912 by the Oliver family. That was the year in which Melchor Oliver took on the running of the estate and began his work as a winegrower.