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Vi Novell wine shindig XVI

New wine arrives!

All roads (and rails) in Mallorca lead to Santa Maria del Cami this Saturday as the little town celebrates the arrival of the new 'crop' of wine in its 16th annual shindig of food, wine, and music. The Festa del Vi Novell is held to mark the very important arrival of the new wines made from the harvests of the bodegas and vineyards in the town which are a vital part of the area's economy.

Santa Maria's bodegas form part of the well known Binissalem 'denomination' and this year seven of them will be present at the wine fest not only showing off their wares but welcoming visitors to their establishments.

The main day of celebration is Saturday 24th November but there are various events around town before that, one of which is the decoration of the town centre with branches of pine which are harvested by the local kids and which give the main square – the Plaza Nueva – where the fiesta is held, a rural atmosphere.

So here's what happens on the big day;

The seven bodegas are all open for visits by the public from 09:30 to 14:00 where you can see the vines, the facilities of the production process and taste some wines with expert assistance. There's a map of where they're all located on the Fiesta Official Programme or, if you can get tickets in advance, two mini trains making mini tours to the bodegas for only €5.

09.30

Train 1: Bodegas Macià Batle, 7103 Petit Celler, Celler Sebastià Pastor and Bodega Ramanyà.

Train 2: Celler Son Crespí de Passatemps, Bodegas Angel, Celler Jaume de Puntiró.

11.30

Train 1: Celler Son Crespí de Passatemps, Bodegas Angel and Celler Jaume de Puntiró.

Train 2: Bodegas Macià Batle, 7103 Petit Celler, Celler Sebastià Pastor and Bodega Ramanyà.

The main fun begins at 19:00 in the Plaza Nueva in the town centre when all the bodegas have stands installed where a glass of wine will set you back €1, which is good enough in itself, but even better when you hear that you can get a tapa for a mere €2.

Yes, it's also Santa Maria's 8th annual tapas fest, thoughtfully arranged to run concurrently with the wine fest where 16 bars (see programme) will have 16 different tapas to help you celebrate!

If you are thinking of going you'll be pleased to hear that Santa Maria's train station is just a few minutes from the main square and that there are frequent trains to and from Palma with the last train back to the big city at 23:10, so plenty of time to sample the wine.

Enjoy if you're going.