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Old coal mine estate needs volunteers

World, Europe, Spain, Selva


Travel dates

29°C, 11:47

About the workproject

We need 5 volunteers

In 2012 my wife and I bought a former coal mine estate on Mallorca, size: 3 hectares. There are still some of the old buildings on the estate like a storage building for the coal and the mine tower. There are 4 houses which formerlly had their own specific purpose until the mine closed in 1986.

We are transforming the estate with some drastic changes such as: creating a vineyard, a lake, a waterway, and changing some of the many common pine trees for more interesting trees such as subtropical varieties producing fruits or nuts. Right now the vineyard is being created, which involves a lot of work. There is much bedrock - or as we call it, 'badrock' which needs to be removed. I would guess we already have a mountain of over 50 tons of this!

About the host

Mark (56)

Host since



German, English, Spanish, Nederlands, Swedish

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(from left to right: Natasha and Angelique (friends from Holland & Ans and Mark)
We are a Dutch couple and run our own internet publishing company for many years. Our current main websites are - yes, this website - and, a bookkeeping solution for 'freelancers'. We like to combine our work with having fun and in fact: work should be fun and this works rather well.

My project blog

The very first 'San Cayetano' wine

July 20, 2018

We just bottled and corked the first wine from our own vineyard. Although this is something to celebrate my mind is already working on the next wine making cycle, which starts in about 6 weeks from now. One of the reasons why it takes so long to make a good wine is because you can only make it once a year and some wines take many years before they are ready to be consumed. My mistakes however are mainly stupid rookie mistakes. Like the mistake this year where I let the wine oxidize by not placing the lid of the steel barrel rest on the wine, but a few centimeters above it. Because we only had 60 liter of wine this year and the steel barrel can contain 500 liter, there is just about 15 cm of wine in the barrel. The ratio of the air with 20% oxygen and the wine below enabled enough bacteria to grow and affect the taste of the wine. When wine oxidizes it gets a sherry or port taste, which could give it a nice flavor if controlled properly. Some winemakers let the wine oxidize on purpose for this reason and sherry and port are also being oxidized on purpose. But it was certainly not my intention to do this. So ... what is the quality of our wine ? It's drinkable and it's not like the Dutch wine writer Nicolaas Klei calls it 'only suitable as a sewer unblocker'. I was personally not sure what to do with the wine, but our test panel gave me enough confidence to bottle it. We cleaned 36 bottles (formerly containing El Coto) and poured the remaining wine in 5 liter water bottles. We filled it up all to the top to exclude any further air to be trapped above the wine which could further enable oxidization.Name of the wine.Initially we wanted to name the wine 'La Mina San Cayetano' , but this would either need 2 lines on the label for the name to fit on or the label to run all around the bottle. 'La Mina' was another option, but 'San Cayetano' sounds better. For the first time ever I googled 'San Cayetano' and it proves to be an Italian saint who lived between 1480 and 1547. He was the patron for the unemployed and job seekers. With some fantasy I can now understand why this mine was called after him, but the relation with wine is far away. It would have been better if he would have been the patron for fun and joy or of course of wine. Did you know there are many saints of wine, the most well known ones are : St. Trifon, St. Vincent, St. Morand and St. Urban. Anyway: San Cayetano will be the name of our wine. The label is still 'under construction' so for now we have label-less wine. Paul Schaareman will be designing the label, I will show it once ready (if you need a good designer, I can recommend Paul!). Want to taste the wine?You can order it through Amazon, Alibaba and Google Play. No... we invite you to come here and taste it. Retsina tastes best if you drink it in Greece, so drink San Cayetano here on Mallorca, on the 'estate' ;) .Other news...I just collected an infusion pump - 'yes' the one that they use in hospitals. I want to do an experiment with it by infusing citric acid in the water for the irrigation systems. I will keep you updated.

Project dates

Open for offers, contact us

Work to be done

  • gardening
  • construction
  • help in the house

Expected workhours

  • 5 hours a day
  • 5 days a week

Work exchange deal

  • private apartment

We can offer you what is available. There are 3 accommodations available, but sometimes these are in use already by friends. Contact us for more details.

  • self catering

You can prepare your own meals, we will supply you the food.

  • offering money for all working hours 

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