Food and Wine
Having spent most of the past year confined to our homes, many of us have whiled away the hours dreaming of alfresco dining, sips of liquid gold in a glass, and the taste of something special savoured on a sun-dappled terrace. Fortunately, Ibiza has no end of options when it comes to all three. Our little Balearic Island is a lush, fertile ground for organic produce, and there are no end of places showcasing all the island has to offer. You’ll find local products sold at the majority of island restaurants and bars, but for a more detailed look at the food and drink landscape, hop in and we’ll take you on a tour of the very best.
Oenophiles will want to start in the tiny, rustic village of Sant Mateu d’Albarca. Tucked up in the north of the island, it’s surrounded by vineyards making the most of the rich, red-tinted soil. Can Maymo is a must-visit. Here, they specialise in Monastrell and Malvasia grapes, as well as Tempranillo, Merlot and Syrah, so there’s something for everyone to savour.
Next, we’ll head to Bodegas Can Rich, hidden among the countryside of Sant Antoni de Portmany on the west coast of the island. Specialists in a variety of ecological wines, they also produce a range of products indigenous to Ibiza. Think delicious olive oils and vinegars, as well as local herbs — it’s a great place to sample traditional island fare, as well as stock up on souvenirs!
Those dwelling on the east coast of the island could tag on Ibizkus Wines in Santa Eularia instead. Most famous for their slightly blushed rosé, which tastes best drunk by the sea, they also produce a range of red and white wines. Tours of the vineyards are available, or simply sign up for a tasting session that’s accompanied by smooth tunes and a menu of Spanish delicacies.
If the prospect of a tasting menu tantalises the tastebuds, food and drink tours are also an option. Ibiza Food Tours take you on a meandering walk of Ibiza town, taking in spots that specialise in delicacies like the local mint-infused dessert, flao; brandy-spiked carajillo, a type of alcoholic coffee; Iberico ham; and delicious homemade croquetas. Local liqueurs like Hierbas and Frigola, made using fragrant island herbs, are also included. And it’s all washed down with a history lesson explaining the abundant heritage of Ibiza cuisine, spanning as far back as the Romans, Phoenicians and the Moors right through to the present day. Pay attention and you may just be rewarded with a chupito or two! Good job we’ll be there to pick you up at the end of it.