Representatives of the Binissalem bodegas. | P. Bota

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The cloister of Sant Francesc in Palma was the setting for Monday evening's presentation of the Binissalem Designation of Origin (DO) 2016 wines. All eleven of the vineyards which are part of the highly respected DO were present, as were nearly all of the owners, to meet and greet the large number of members of the public who attended and to explain what is new and different about the selection of wines for 2016.

The event was also attended by many well known faces from the worlds of gastronomy and restaurateurs. It also coincided with the 25th anniversary of the Binissalem DO so there was additional reason for celebration.

The DO includes vineyards from Consell, Santa Maria, Sencelles, Santa Eugenia and Binissalem. Its president, Jose Luis Roses, said: "Last year the quality was very good although we may have been a bit short on quantity, but we should be able to repeat the high quality this year but a lot obviously depends on the weather. It was a dry winter but the rains over the past few weeks have been welcome."

He also explained that 80 per cent of Binissalem wines are sold locally while the rest is exported to the mainland and other parts of Europe.

Part of the money raised by Monday night’s presentation and wine tasting will be donated to the Majorcan Food Bank (Fundacio Banc d’Aliments de Mallorca.)