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Southern Portugal

Southern Portugal

Once ridiculed by those to the north for the quality of its produce, and wine in particular, the blistering conditions of Southern Portugal are now being harnessed for the production of quality wine as well as for tourism.

This is a recent development, most notable in the Setúbal and Alentejo districts, and has only come to fruition with outside investment and expertise.

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    • Portugal
    • Alentejano
    Fresh and aromatic with notes of peaches, citrus fuit and refreshing minerality. Read More
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    • Peninsula de Setubal
    Deep amber in colour, this wine is rich and smooth with a full flavour that has a strong raisin fruit character paired with caramel, citrus orange pee... Read More
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    • Alentejo
    Deep garnet red in colour, this wine is packed full of black fruit and jammy plum flavours. Hint of spice on the palate with a richly balanced freshne... Read More
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    • Origin
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    • Alentejano
    Intense aromas of red berries with some spicy notes coming through the ripe fruit flavours. The palate is smooth with soft tannins supporting generous... Read More
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    • Origin
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    • Alentejano
    Alfrocheiro is the Pinot Noir of Portugal with the characteristic small bunches and berries, creating a wine redolent of black cherries, soft red frui... Read More
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    • Origin
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    • Tejo
    Aromas of red fruit, cassis and some floral overtones fill the nose, with a hint of spice. In the mouth, the wine is rich with a medium to full body a... Read More
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    • Origin
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    • Douro
    Floral aromas are present throughout with this fresh and vibrant Vinho Verde. There is plenty of citrus fruit, balanced by generous minerality on a de... Read More
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    A plethora of aromas detectable on the nose with apple, citrus and tropical fruits leading the way. The palate is elegant and balanced with great stru... Read More
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    • Tejo
    A strong summer fruit character with abundance of raspberries and strawberries. This is supported by some floral notes and a touch of spice as the mou... Read More
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There is now a peculiar situation where the most modern of wineries share the region with historic establishments who still tread the grapes or rely on clay pots and underground cellars for their ideal conditions.

Styles of Wine

Setúbal, to the south of Lisbon and encroached upon by urban sprawl, produces sweet white wines from the Muscat grape but red wines are where the most progress is being made. Whether traditionally or technologically produced, they can be well-blanced and full-flavoured. The whites have got some catching up to do.

Key Vines

Periquita is a favoured red grape and Aragonez (known as Tinto Roriz farther north), Ramisco, Trincadeira and many others are joined by those international interlopers Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  Muscat is the white grape of sweet Setúbal and Arinto, Roupeiro and Malvasia have been joined by the ever dependable Chardonnay.

Climate and Conditions

Hot and dry tend to sum up Southern Portugal.  Heat is a huge problem, and there are few rivers that can provide irrigation. This makes viticulture a very great challenge, but ironically it allows the cork tree to thrive and provide the means for closing the bottle.

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