What is Terroir? - Can Vidalet

What is Terroir?

When we taste a Can Vidalet wine we are transported to a coastal environment, with marine characteristics and mineral touches.

What is the reason for this set of characteristics that a single sip conveys to us?

The answer is very extensive, but we can sum it up in a single word: terroir

When we read or hear this term, we may make the mistake of thinking of land or soil, but the truth is that we can relate it to the environment.

 Of French origin, the terroir is the set of geological, geographical, biological and climatological characteristics that define an environment, where an agricultural activity is developed, in our case wine production.


We present the terroir of Can Vidalet, which determines the unique characteristics that define our wines:


  • Geographical characteristics:

Our vineyard is located in Mallorca, specifically in Pollença, a location chosen by the ancient Romans in 123 B.C., due to the microclimate that exists. 

In addition, at Can Vidalet we have the pleasure of having the Bay of Pollença next to us, causing salinity and climatological phenomena that develop processes and flavours unique to our products.

The Bay of Pollença is not the only geographical feature we have next to us, as our vineyard is located next to Puig de María. This is a 330-metre high mountain that gives us unique sunrises and sunsets, together with the characteristic mountain scents and biodiversity.


  • Geology

The soil of the vine is an essential component that makes up the wine. The different materials that make it up provide different aromas and flavours in the form of memories that come to mind.

At Can Vidalet we have a type of soil: clay-limestone. This characteristic brings minerality and elegance to our wines.

Calcareous rock is one of the most predominant minerals in Mallorca. This material is capable of storing heat during the day and transmitting it to the vines at night. Moreover, as it is a weak material, it exempts the vines from deepening their roots, providing humidity. We can affirm that this type of rock is a regulating material for our vines. 

A wine in our range influenced by this type of soil is Ses Pedres. 

As it has a high permeability, clay soils retain nutrients and water in an optimal way. This fact causes the aforementioned minerality, together with an elegance and finesse present in the wine. 

Two of our best known wines are influenced by this type of soil: So del Xiprer and Terra Fusca.


  • Climate

The climate we have at Can Vidalet is the Mediterranean climate, which is influenced by the bay of Pollença, causing a microclimate.

The climate is defined by hot, humid and dry summers, which sometimes leads to an advance in all the vineyard processes. As we have the bay of Pollensa on our side, in summer we have the wind of s’Embat, a sea breeze, giving a marine touch to our wine.

 Winters are cold and windy. This means that the vines need intensive care. Another important factor that is characteristic of the climate is the humidity. Humidity causes a greater risk of the development of different types of fungus and diseases. That is why at Can Vidalet we are prepared to prevent and combat these adversities, with 100% ecological treatments.


  • Biodiversity

The biodiversity we have in Can Vidalet is defined by our location. In our case, both the plant and animal species we have in the vineyard are typically Mediterranean species, of which there are many native species of great diversity.

If we look at our flora, the most common species found in Can Vidalet are the wild fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), the poppy (Papaver rhoeas) and the mountain chamomile (Santolina dramaecyparissus). In addition, we also find wild cereals such as: Avena loca (Avena fatua) and wild wheat (Triticum aestivum). If we want to highlight an endemic plant, we can see among the flora, the túrbit (Coristosperum huteri). 

This arvense flora provides biodiversity in our vines and creates an ecosystem where microorganisms and insects coexist, keeping the soil alive, preventing erosion and controlling pests. 

In short, when we said that the “influencer” of wine is the soil, terroir is the set of influences inherent in a place that make each wine unique and special.

Feel our terroir through our wines: