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To Spain counting archipelago with about 15 islands in the western Mediterranean with over 5,000 square kilometers of land. The history of the Balearic Islands has always been strong with the region Catalonia That is why Catalan is spoken here today (in addition to Castilian). Many places received after the Franco rule from the mid-1970s again Catalan name. The center with Mallorca is located about 250 kilometers east of the Spanish mainland in the height of Valencia. The four main islands are Mallorca, Menorca, Eivissa (Catalan name, Castilian name is Ibiza) and Formentera. Politically, the Balearic Islands are divided into the two provinces of Gimnesia in the north (Mallorca, Menorca, Cabrera), and Pitiusas (Eivissa, Formentera) in the southwest.
They probably brought Phoenicians viticulture in the Balearic Islands. Under Roman rule, the wine of Pliny the Elder (23-79) praising. During the almost five centuries of Arab rule from the 8th to the 12th centuries, viticulture was only because dried grapes were a very popular food. In 1221, Jaime I (1213-1276) conquered the islands and later founded his own kingdom Aragón (to which also the French Roussillon and the Spanish Catalonia belonged), which had until the year 1343 inventory. At this time, wine was even delivered from the island of Mallorca to the Spanish royal court in Madrid.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the vineyard was about ten times larger than today. That put the phylloxera at the end of this century, in just three years, a sudden end. The tourist boom from the early 1960s caused a growing wine consumption, but the wines were at that time rather poor quality. Today, viticulture is concentrated on the largest island of Mallorca (3,640 km²), on the other islands it has less importance. In the 19th century she was because of her sweet Malvasia wines famous, the quality of the Madeira were equated. After the phylloxera disaster, the vine was planted but little more. On all islands there is a warm and dry climate with around 300 sunny days a year. The vineyards cover about 2,000 hectares.