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The Wines of Terramoll: A World Apart


"In Formentera, there are eight different winds, and each one has a name. They feature prominently in the evening newscasts, but also in the sixth sense of the island’s farmers, who use them to make decisions about protecting their gardens and their grape vines, which are a staple in almost every yard on the island. A wind blowing from the peninsula towards the island rarely carries rain. Likewise the Xaloc from the south, from Africa, is also often a dry wind, while the the easterly wind coming off the sea, the Llevant, will bring rain.

Enologist José Abalde is explaining the fundamentals of weather to me as we stand in a patch of lumpy clay in the vineyards of Terramoll, one of the only two vineyards found on the tiny Spanish island of Formentera, a scant 14 miles and 30 minute ferry ride off the coast of Ibiza. Formentera is the smallest sister of the four Balearic Islands, little more than an 11 mile long strip of UNESCO protected space in the middle of the Mediterranean."

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