1 x Raza Branco, Vinho Verde, Minho
A Portuguese case wouldn’t be complete without a bottle from Northern Portugal Minho, the classic Vinho Verde. Traditional grapes arinto, azal and trajadura. This is a fantastic example, awesome bright fresh wine with lovely green apples, citrus fruits with a touch of spritz which really brings this wine alive! Perfect summer drinking!
1 x Quinta das Maias Branco, Dao
A blend of organically grown grapes malvasia and encruzado from the Dao region. Bright wine showing lovely floral notes with lemons and lime with a lovely savoury edge that adds complexity to the wine. A white that will match meaty fish, white meats and rice dishes.
1 x Luis Pato Maria Gomes Branco, Bairrada
A blend of two grapes from the Bairrada region where the majority is maria gomes with a small percentage of serialinho grown on sandy soil where these grapes thrive. The 35 year old vines give a fresh mineral and herbal note with fresh apricots and a vibrant zesty finish.
1 x Ciconia Tinto, Alentejo
From the region of Alentejo, that Covers a third of mainland Portugal, Alentejo is a large region, but with only half the vineyard area of the Douro. this is a stunning wine and great value. A blend of traditional grapes touriga nacional and aragonez with a splash of the more popular grape syrah. No oak, and it doesn’t need it! Soft rich fruit with dried fruit notes.
1 x Beyra Tinto, Beira Interior
Just south of the Douro and a region almost forgotten where grapes are grow at high altitude that retains beautiful acidity to their wine. A blend of Tinta Roriz and Portuguese’s noble grape touriga nacional, rich red and black cherry fruits with a lovely clove spice. Great with roast meats.
1 x Lavradores de Feitoria Tinto, Douro
The Douro is famous for Port but it is also a region that produces beautiful fresh and balanced table wines. This shows what working together can achieve. This small group of individual producers was established in 1999, to co-operate with top quality fruit made under a single umbrella. Each contributor owns their own vines and some have wineries, but they have a central winery in Sabrosa, overseen by outstanding winemaker Paulo Ruao.The main grapes used for this wine are tinta Roriz, touriga Franca, touriga nacional, rich mulberry fruit and spice with lovely aromatics and freshness.
I’m really excited to offer this Portuguese case, showing the diversity of regions and traditional grapes used. It is a wine region that is often over shadowed by its most famous of wines, Port, the full bodied off dry delicious wine that usually comes at the end of a meal with a full cheese board!
Don’t get me wrong I am a huge fan of Port, equally Portugal produces delicious vibrant, fresh and smooth still wines. This is why we have put this case together showing six different regions all using traditional grapes to that specific region.
It is quite unusual to find a single variety wine (with that I mean using one grape in the wine). Traditionally vineyards were planted with a mix of different vine varieties and often the grape is unknown. This is what I personally find exciting about Portugal, they haven’t succumbed to the well known grapes for good marketing and pulled up vines to plant pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc and merlot, they have happily continued with what works in their climate, winemaking and you get to taste Portuguese wines, what reflects their culture, food and lifestyle.
You will notice in the red wines there is a common theme, the touriga nacional grape this is because it is a premium grape and one of the finest grown, you will also find this grape in the blend for Port.
I really do hope you enjoy your trip around Portugal!