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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.

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... 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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  1. Loureiro Joao Ramos, Vinho Verde

    Loureiro Joao Ramos, Vinho Verde, 2015 75cl

    Floral aromas are present throughout with this fresh and vibrant Vinho Verde. There is plenty of citrus fruit, balanced by generous minerality on a deep and long finish.

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  2. Red Leg Branco, Alentejo

    Red Leg Branco, Alentejo, 2013 75cl

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    A strong lemon aroma carries through to a light palate that has bags of refreshing minerality. There's good depth to the fruit flavour too, whilst the finish brings a slight steeliness and has good length.

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  3. Terra d'Alter Viognier, Alentejano

    Terra d'Alter Viognier, Alentejano, 2014 75cl

    Showing classic aromas and flavours of Viognier. Strong floral notes on the nose with apricots and quince on the palate then a viscous and complex mineral finish.

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  4. Terra de Lobos Branco Casal Branco

    Terra de Lobos Branco Casal Branco, Tejo, 2015 75cl

    A plethora of aromas are detectable on the nose with apple, citrus and tropical fruits supported by a hint of spice. The palate is elegant and balanced with great structure and a cleansing finish.

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  5. Smart Dog Syrah, J. P. Ramos, Alentejo

    Smart Dog Syrah, J. P. Ramos, Alentejano, 2015 75cl

    Intense aromas of red berries with some spicy notes coming through the ripe fruit flavours. The palate is smooth with soft tannin supporting generous fruit and a full body. The wine finishes with plenty of spice and decent length.

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  6. Terra d'Alter Telhas Tinto

    Terra d'Alter Telhas Tinto, 2012 75cl

    This classic blend of Syrah and Viognier (5%) shows the lifted aromatic characters of the Viognier complementing the brooding black fruit and pepper of the Syrah.

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  7. Terra d'Alter Alfrocheiro, Alentejano

    Terra d'Alter Alfrocheiro, Alentejano, 2015 75cl

    Alfrocheiro is the Pinot of Portugal with the characteristic small bunches and berries, creating a wine redolent of black cherries and soft red fruits, and a creamy silky finish.

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  8. Terra de Lobos Tinto Casal Branco

    Terra de Lobos Tinto Casal Branco, Tejo, 2015 75cl

    Aromas of black fruit with some floral overtones fill the nose, there's also a hint of spice. In the mouth the wine is rich with a medium to full body and good fruit content. The finish is persistently pleasing.

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  9. Terra de Lobos Rose Casal Branco

    Terra de Lobos Rose Casal Branco, Tejo Portugal 2015 75cl

    Bags of summer fruit character here with raspberries and strawberries in abundance. This is supported by some floral notes and a touch of spice as the mouth fills with fresh fruit flavours. The finish brings elegance and structure, and is persistent. More about this product

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