News desk A NEW guide book linking tourism with the wine industry explores the possibilities of the Balearics and 14 other regions. The book was presented by food critic Ignacio Medina at the International Wine Salon which is now being held in Madrid. He said that this type of tourism was highly developed in other countries such as France, but there was still a lot to be done in Spain.

Medina said that many Spanish bodegas are open to the public and some wine producing regions have specially designed routes - among them the Balearic Islands - but vintners should become more involved. The guide lists monuments in the wine producing areas, the keys to understanding wine production, specialised shops where the best wines can be found, and bars and restaurants where they can be enjoyed.

The guide book is written by 12 specialists including Medina and is published by Anaya. It offers an introduction to the world of wine, with explanations about the vines, how the wine is made and tasting, among other subjects.

The section on the Balearics takes in the Binissalam and the Pla i Llevant area, both of which have their own denomination of origin label for their wines.

The bodegas in the Pla i Llevant area include Jaume Mesquida of Porreres, Pere Seda of Manacor, Armero i Adrover of Felanitx, Can Majoral of Algaida and Miquel Oliver of Petra.

In Binissalem, they include Macià Batle, Jose Luis Ferrer, Vins Nadal, Jaume de Puntiro and Can Ramis.