Old legends and state-of-the-art technology
Castell Miquel was once created for viticulture: According to the legend, an angel appeared to a Majorcan farmer and advised him to plant a vine on this spot. The farmer followed the advice and the vines developed – according to the legend – into the best on the island.
But the competition was getting bigger and bigger: Soon, Castell Miquel was one of very many bodegas on the island. When Majorca was then ravaged by a serious plague of phylloxera, around 97% of the former wine-growing areas were converted into almond plantations and farmland – and the fertile wine terraces of Castell Miquel were forgotten.
Until Prof. Michael Popp discovered the run-down Castellet in the middle of the nature reserve in the 1990s. The condition of the bodega was desolate, but the old vines on the centuries-old dry walls flourished as ever.
It was a stroke of fate that this location and this man encountered one other: A vineyard with fertile soils, a unique location in the middle of the Tramuntana Mountains and a man who devotes his life to plant research – and had both the financial resources and the passion to create a small paradise from this place of hope.
Today, Castell Miquel has become precisely this small Garden of Eden which Prof. Popp saw at that time before his mind’s eye. And it is the only bodega on Majorca which is situated on a slope – in the middle of lush green mountains.