The island of Ibiza has a long winemaking tradition, as vines have been grown here since the 8th Century BC due to the influence of the Phoenicians, the Greeks and the Romans. What is more, the art of producing homemade wine known as “vi payés”, for personal enjoyment, has been handed down from father to son till this day. This wine with its pungent aroma goes perfectly with the typical Ibizan dishes which you can find all over the island.
The local grape varieties are Monastrell and Garnacha for red and the Malvasía grape for white wines. Wines are produced mainly in San Mateo, Buscastell and San Jose. It is important to know that wines produced on Ibiza carry the official label “Vins de la Terra”
Although there are relatively few wineries on the island, their wines are of excellent quality and they offer interesting guided tours where you can find out a lot about wine production on Ibiza. Below we introduce you to some of Ibiza’s most famous wineries.
Bodega Can Rich
This winery, located in Buscastell, near San Antonio, dates to 1997 and is probably the best known on Ibiza. They also cultivate vines in the Natural Park of Salinas. They produce an excellent ecological wine. Their shop sells their products which also include liqueurs, vermouth, flavoured salts, oils, and other island produce. They organise guided tours and tastings, all of which need to be booked in advance.
Address: Camí de Sa Vorera, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears
Tel: 971 80 33 77
Bodega Can Maymó
This small family winery, located in the tranquil village of San Mateo, was renovated and expanded in 1995 by Antonio Costa to adapt it to the latest technologies. These lovely surroundings are home to are several types of local fauna making it a tiny natural park, a perfect place to take the children to visit. You and take a guided tour and there’s a bar for enjoying a drink surrounded by nature.
Address: Diseminado Cami des Turs, 32032, 07816, Islas Baleares
Tel: 629 96 90 04
Ibizkus, one of the most successful wineries of Ibiza as well as its main wine exporter, grows its vines around Santa Gertrudis and San Rafael. The wine tasting rooms, located on the main road between Ibiza and Santa Eulalia have indoor and outdoor spaces and are open all year round. You can drop by to sample the rosés, the whites and the reds, all served along with delicacies of the local cuisine or you can book a guided tour. There is also a shop selling their products.
Address: EI-200, 07849 Santa Eulària des Riu, Islas Baleares
Tel: 971 18 89 63
Bodega Sa Cova
The real pioneer of Ibizan wine production is in the valley of San Mateo. It was established by Joan Bonet who began creating his wines using the local grape and then followed to incorporate other varieties over the years. To visit you need to book in advance; the wines can be bought directly at the winery.
Address: Carrer Santa Llúcia, 5, 07800 Eivissa, Illes Balears
Tel: 665 38 39 44