Ta Mena estate is back to its roots: wine and olives. They still produce other jams and spreads in small quantities, but their main mission today is to let the world know how great Gozitan wines are. And based on my taste test, they can rival any Italian wine. They not only produce classic wines that pair beautifully with a the rich seafood diet of the islands, but they also have turned the estate into a complete experience for those who want to be more involved and learn about harvesting the crops. The grape harvest occurs from mid August to September and the Olive harvest occurs in October; tourists can even participate in the harvest experience.
Philip turned to me and said, “Do you feel that—the breeze is different up here. Can you tell the difference?” I honestly had no idea if I could tell the difference, but I did enjoy the cool breeze as I finally had a chance to take in my landscape and surroundings on the terraced wine fields. Phil explained that the different breezes and little microclimates of this terraced valley was what made the winery unique. They produced specific wines for each little terraced area where specific grapes thrived. Much like my hike up the hill, you have to be prepared to get dirty at Ta Mena.