Mesquida Mora

(mehs-kee-dah moh-rah) | Pla i Llevant – Mallorca

  • Historic winemaking roots
  • Mallorca’s first biodynamic wines
  • Champion of indigenous grape varieties
  • Regenerating Mallorcan viticulture for the future
  • Refined, elegant, electric wines

The groundbreaking Mesquida Mora winery in Mallorca…

was established by Bàrbara Mesquida Mora in 2012 near the town of Porreres, producing wines in the DO Plà i Llevant and VdlT Mallorca designations in the southern and eastern areas of the island.

After leaving behind the winery created by her great-grandfather in 1945 in Porreres, Bàrbara started on her project from scratch with vineyards inherited from her mother. Previously, Bàrbara managed the family winery for eight years, from 2004 until 2012, and was one of the first Demeter biodynamic certifications in Spain in 2007. Before her winemaking career, Bàrbara studied Medieval literature and Catalan language in Barcelona. Language and culture are like air and water for her and inform the entire project. She is among the vanguard of young producers recuperating the unique cultural and viticultural matrix of traditional Mallorcan agriculture.

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The viticultural jigsaw of her winery is made up of seven plots consisting of 20 hectares of vineyards,

which are certified by the Balearic Ecological Agriculture Council and Demeter for organic and biodynamic viticulture. Vineyards grow on calcareous clay, limestone, and cal vermell, a red clay that is rich in iron. In addition to championing native varieties such as prensal, callet, mantonegro, giró ros, and gorgollasa, Bàrbara has kept some of the international varieties originally planted by her father, including old vine syrah, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and chardonnay. Together they draw a varietal mosaic and are the first examples of foreign varieties planted in Mallorca, which live alongside the island’s autochthonous varieties quite harmoniously. This vineyard, called Son Porquer, is one of the most beautiful on the island, featuring an old mill standing sentinel among the vines, surrounded by trees. Bàrbara is passionate about preserving this vineyard’s history, as it is an essential piece of the history of Mallorca. However, the future of Mesquida Mora lies strictly in the propagation of varieties indigenous to Mallorca and she has begun the process of grafting over many of the foreign varieties.

Recently, her passion has taken her to plant more than one hundred fruit trees throughout her vineyards, further encouraging a regenerative, polyculture environment. This interconnectedness, once found throughout pre-tourism Mallorca, is the blueprint for her project in the future. When Bàrbara’s great-grandfather Jaume Mesquida, a peasant in poor, rural Mallorca, opened a small winery in 1945, vines and fruit trees were mixed in the vineyards as the apricot industry was a major business in the village of Porreres. Among many other things, by planting new grape varieties and bringing the first stainless steel tanks to the island, Jaume Mesquida contributed to the renaissance of wine in the Balearics. Now Bàrbara is bringing that story full circle.

The jewel of the family and one of the oldest callet vineyards on the island, d’Es Pou de Sa Carrera, near the town of Felanitx, is traditionally planted, as in the past, with fruit trees intermixed with bush-trained vines. The 80-year-old parcel is an important part of the identity of her beautifully perfumed and elegant cuvée Sòtil, considered one of the best red wines produced on the island, in miniscule quantity.

“To stimulate the health of our vines, we perform all the tasks by hand, following the most propitious movements of the stars. With the aim of bequeathing rich, fertile soils to the future generations, the management of our vineyards is based on a dialogue with nature: we sow our own vegetable covers, apply biodynamic compost and preparations as well as use infusions of medicinal plants. All of these techniques help us to achieve grapes of the highest quality, an expression of the triangle sun-climate-variety.”

In the tiny winery, Bàrbara is a minimalist, allowing her exceptional farming to do the talking. All wines are spontaneously fermented with indigenous yeasts and sulfur levels are kept to the bare minimum during production, with none added at bottling.

From her stewardship of old vineyards in Mallorca,

to her striking label designs and the names of each wine; the intention and energy of her project are powerful and clear. In Bàrbara’s words: 

“I am very fortunate, I was born in a little paradise. Bathed by the saltwater and the sun of the Mediterranean, Mallorca (ACROLLAM) is my homeland. I grew up among vines, barrels, and grapes and the years have led me to believe that there are no coincidences (in Catalan, casualitats), only causality. We live in synchrony (SINCRONIA) and nothing happens by accident. At a moment when I had neither ceiling (SÒTIL) or floor (TRISPOL), I decided to strike out on my new path, Mesquida Mora, because the coincidences of life are only the tip of an iceberg called destiny.”

Bàrbara chose the wine names and the designs of the bottle labels with great care; the relevance of each reveals how much thought went into every stage of her very personal project.

“The labels of Sincronia wines are composed of small fragments of colored paper, like life itself, representing the vines where they were born, composing a picture that evokes the Mediterranean essence of our island, Mallorca. If Sincronia Blanc is illustrated with a boat, it is because it symbolizes the will and ambition to cross new seas and oceans, while Sincronia Negre is represented by a lighthouse to remind us always of our home port.”

The Wines from Mesquida Mora

Sincronia Blanc is composed of prensal, chardonnay, and giró ros, which are hand-harvested and fermented separately. After blending, Sincronia Blanc rests for four months in stainless steel on the lees. Prensal is made with a few days of skin contact, as it is a very delicate variety. The resulting wine radiates the light and spirit of Mallorca. Bright, aromatic, and elegantly textured, remaining both fresh and substantive at the same time, owing to the incredible provenance of the vines.

Sincronia Negre is a blend of hand-harvested callet, mantonegro, syrah, and merlot. All of the varieties undergo separate fermentations in stainless steel before blending and resting in two and three-year-old oak barrels of various sizes for six months. Sincronia Negre combines both freshness and power, with Mediterranean garrigue aromatics and a core of mouth-watering fruit destined to pair incredibly well with any food. This is the wine you want at any table and a great introduction to the soul of Mallorca.

Acrollam Blanc is “Mallorca” in reverse, because Mesquida Mora likes to work their own way, often “the other way round” from what is customary, escaping from the established status quo. Produced from hand-picked, old-vine, indigenous varieties prensal and giró ros, which see a few days maceration on the skins before separate fermentation and blending. The Acrollam Blanc label shows a woman who is searching for her identity and femininity, prepared to plunge into the sea. She is open to new adventures and the changes that may come, without fear of the waves of the storm. It represents her passion for life and feeling caressed by the salty texture of our sea. The label also carries a mandala formed by concentric figures which suggest the search for perfection, while the perimeter of the circle evokes the return to the cycles of nature. Acrollam Blanc is exceptionally complex, inviting, and superbly textured; the result is one of the top expressions of white wine Mallorca has to offer.

Trispol (”floor” in Mallorquìn) is a blend of 70% callet and mantonegro with some syrah and cabernet sauvignon from old-vines in her parent’s original Son Porquer vineyard. Trispol is a structured and earthy wine, offering the base notes of the winery. After separate fermentations, the cabernet is aged in new French and American oak for one year, while the other grapes rest in old 5,000L barrels, with the blending being done at the end. The label depicts the tiles Bàrbara walked on throughout her childhood in the house of her maternal grandparents, Can Verdera in Porreres. Like all of the special cuvées of the artisanal Mesquida Mora project, Trispol is produced in extremely small quantities.

Sòtil, (“ceiling” in Mallorquìn) is a haunting, ethereal wine, the pure essence of the native callet grape variety. Specifically, Sòtil is the surface that separates two floors of a building and the space over which the roof tiles are laid. Bàrbara says that Sòtil also represents the sky, lightness, and one’s own way of referring to the cosmos. The label shows the blue sky of the Mediterranean, with a few clouds that try to hide the sun, because nothing ever has one single color. The central molding recalls the mandala of Acrollam. The grapes for Sòtil Negre are selected from her old callet vines in Felanitx on cal vermell (red clay) and from the 70-year-old d’Es Pou de Sa Carrera vineyard in Porreres. The fruit is mostly destemmed with 10% of uncrushed whole clusters retained. Sòtil is allowed to spontaneously ferment in open-top 500-liter oak barrels with 20-day skin maceration and no temperature controls. It is then aged in a combination of barriques, amphorae, and stainless steel tanks, where it remains undisturbed until bottling. Sòtil is haunting, gorgeous, and delicately textured, confirming its status as one of the premier Mallorcan callet wines. When it is available, it is offered in very limited quantities.

We are honored to represent the wines of Mesquida Mora in the US and follow this incredibly exciting, personal story into the next decade of development for the rebirth of Mallorcan wine. The wines of Bàrbara Mesquida Mora have something important to say, and we are listening.