Pere Seda Winery Visit

“Industrious winery emphasizes local grapes at peoples’ prices.”

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+34 971 55.02.19
http://www.pereseda.com

Manacor, Mallorca Spain

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Over a century ago, Señor Pere Seda (Pedro Reus Morro 1886-1942) had vineyards in the Manacor area of Mallorca. This winery was founded by, and named after him. The Winery Pere Seda is a family run business (the same family since the beginning), and now produces 600,000 bottles per year. Yes, that’s right, a huge enterprise. And all production is done at their site in Manacor – from grape crates to shipping boxes. With over 100 hectares of local vineyards, they are in the D.O. Pla i Llevant, and are the biggest winery there. They use all natural cork, and sell young white, rosé and reds, Crianza and Reserva reds, and Cava (sparkling wine). Their grapes are Callet, Manto Negro and Prensal, Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Parellada, Macabeo, Muscatel and Chardonnay.

A little about the name: Pere is Mallorcan for Peter, and Seda means silk. Seda was perhaps his ‘mal nombre’ or ‘apodo’,  something similar to a family nickname. These ‘nicknames’ are very common here, and often a person is only known by that. The tradition here is to name children after the grandparents’ first names (and wines too we’ve learned!), so a big family could have many Peres, which gets confusing. Hence the “mal nombre.”

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Massive steel tanks greeted us as we entered the gate, and instantly it was like we were in an Industrial Revolution era bottling plant.  Big time operations call for big-time production. With no sign of tourism or classic Mallorcan architectural detail, this winery was all business. Hearing and seeing activity, we walked into the bottling area and watched the production line of gorgeously backlit rosé being bottled and boxed. The workers looked at us, but nobody approached us… Not their job. We wandered around alone for a while, and finally stopped a man on a loader who went and found our man Tofol (short for Christobal, or Christopher in English). Greeting us quizzically, it felt like we caught him off guard, and we guessed they don’t have many drop-ins! He was very gracious and thorough during our tour and tasting, yet we kept feeling like he needed to be somewhere else, and didn’t quite understand why we were there… Self-education!

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Getting the tour, everything was vast and well organized for maximum production value. The bottling, sealing, and labeling machines were gigantic and loud, the fermenting tanks towering and many: Row upon row, steel and wooden…but enormous wooden like from the past…and still in use. We haven’t seen anything like these at other wineries, big or small. Writing this, we are curious how long these permanent tanks have been in use, and what the wine tastes like that is fermented in these instead of steel… must go back and ask!

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Tofol explained that the Pere Seda Winery has become so big that they don’t fit into the buildings any longer; with newer and multi-story tanks outside and behind the place just to keep up with demand. This was by far the most industrial bodega that we have been to, and it was fascinating to see such industry all for our delicate friend – wine! Funny how you see a bottle of wine on the shelf at a store, and never wonder what its childhood was like.  Now we know!

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Then Tofol took us downstairs to the aging area and suddenly we were in another world. The wonderfully cool barrel rooms, long halls and endless dim tunnels, felt like vast catacombs. Room after cistern-like room of old fermentation chambers now housed bottles resting and coming to age. We had seen this before at Ribas and even Miquel Gelabert, but not on this scale!

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It was incredible that hidden under the loud, big industry above, lay this labyrinth of small cellars and secret passages. Walking through these Tofol described their lines of wine:

  • L’Arxiduc – Blends from local and foreign grapes.
  • Mossèn Alcover and GVIVM – 2 variety blends from old growth vines and oak fermented
  • Crianza and Reserva – American oak fermented
  • Novell – That year’s vintage
  • Chardonnay – 100%: one label aged in French oak and one straight to bottle.
  • Sparkling – Cava with 2nd fermentation in the bottle

Pere Seda is one of the few Mallorcan wineries to make a Cava, Jose Ferrer being another.  We look forward to trying it!

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Ending the tour we were rewarded with a tasting in their reception salon. Standing in the baking summer sun, Tofol opened the anonymous door – and we were greeted by cool air and a beautiful ambiance of high ceilings, oak barrels, and glass tabletops. Here was the Mallorcan style we’d been missing! A small group with a distributor were there in a meeting, but we were granted a tasting anyways – lucky us!

Bottles clanking in line
Serene catacombs below
Ambiance-rich tasting room
Industrious, yet local

We’re sure a reservation was a courtesy we owed Tofol, but he rose to the occasion and gave us a great tasting. Please see our Pere Seda Tasting Notes for wines tasted.

Directions:Pere Seda Map
When you arrive to Manacor on the highway from Palma- you go straight through the round-about and follow the signs to Felanitx/Cales de Mallorca and when you get to the next round-about take the left (or first exit) direction Felanitx/Cales de Mallorca. Go through the next roundabout and under the tunnel and at the following round about- go all the way around and head back in, but to the right of the tunnel- there is a Yellow sign that says- Bodega Pere Seda. From there follow the yellow signs to the entrance!

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Pere Seda Wine Tasting

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Wines Tasted

◊   1 White   ◊

Chardonnay 2014

◊   2 Reds   ◊

Crianza 2010
Molson Alcover 2011

Pere Seda wine

Pere Seda is no small-scale production. There is wine, wine and more wine. Everything at the winery is big and industrious. It is incredible to see the contrast between the other bodegas that we have visited and this one, as it is one of the few Mallorcan wineries on this level. Pere Seda has a longstanding reputation, and is a reasonably priced, quality controlled wine; and that is an important product! Their wine is a good choice when you want to bring more than one bottle to a picnic or casual dinner and want it to be local.

Tasting Choices: We did not try anything from L’Arxiduc line, which are Semi-Crianza white, rosé, and red; aged 4-6 months in barrel, and made of local and foreign varietals, nor the Novell line which are new, this year vintages.  Tofol had offered us a tasting choice of three wines, and as we already had a solid understanding of Novell wines from different summer events (very pleasant and fresh) we skipped them now, but recommend you try them when looking for a people’s price local wine.


#1
Chardonnay 2014
Grapes: Chardonnay 100%

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Comments:
Tawnee: I am not a Chardonnay drinker…I am hoping that my Mallorca Wine Trail will lead me to a new understanding and appreciation for them, but I still have not found one that I like. This Chardonnay has a very light yellowing color and subtle fruit aromas. It is lightly acidic and crisp. It would be good served as a before-dinner wine in either summer or winter.

Merie: First Tofol poured the 100% Chardonnay young white wine. This wine goes from fermenting tank to bottle, so it is crisp, not an “oaky Chardonnay.” It is a straightforward table white, the kind you can cook with and sip at the same meal to keep the flavours congruous.


 #2
Crianza 2010
Grapes:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Syrah
Callet

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Comments:
Tawnee: This is a real ruby-red color and the aromas are sweet. It fills the mouth well and ends with a distinct finish. It would be a great accompaniment to a cheese plate or white meats – chicken, turkey, or pheasant.

Merie: Then we tried the Crianza red. 12 months in 80% American and 20% French Oak barrels. This is a complex red and the many components support the overall depth. As we go to more and more wineries, I begin to see the parallels in grape choice blends and fermenting choices, and it is interesting to see how different the products are!


 #3
Molson Alcover 2011

Grapes:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Callet

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Comments:
Tawnee: This is a new combination of grapes – we have not tried Cabernet Sauvignon and Callet – it is normally Monte Negro. Surprisingly enough (for me) it is noticeable! Callet is another local Mallorcan grape. This is an intense wine with a distinct finish. It is definitely the most bold of the three we tried. I would suggest eating it with Mallorcan wild goat or lamb.

Merie: We finished with the limited release Mossèn Alcover red made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Callet grapes from old vines, and aged in oak. Clearly one that Pere Seda is carefully blending, celebrating the strengths of the local grape with the support of tried-and-true Cabernet.


Heres the rub: Interestingly, both of these reds today reminded us of Jose Ferrer wines, and we wish we could be more articulate about the similarities. There is an existing flavor or quality – perhaps residual sugars or less bold tannins – that results in a similar finish.  Let us know what you think!!!


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Thank you Tofol!

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