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Lisbon Wine Region
Located north of the Tagus River the wine region of Lisbon is the second largest producer of wine in Portugal which is composed of ten sub-regions: Encostas de Aire, Alcobaça, Lourinhã, Óbidos, Alenquer, Arruda, Torres Vedras, Bucelas, Colares and Carcavelos.
The cities of Torres Vedras, Alenquer and Óbidos are the main centre of the region, including the largest area vineyards along the green slopes.
Torres Vedras, is the area which has the largest wine production in the country.
Here, we can find, clayey -calcareous and sandy soils, very fertile, which improve the quality and growth of grapes. The climate is mild, with an average rainfall of 700 mm per year and there are no major changes in temperature. These are the characteristics that make the wines of this region unique.
In our vineyards you can find, among others, the varietals Castelão (also known as Periquita), Aragonez (also known as Tinta Roriz), Tinta Miúda and Alicante Bouschet. These are fully ripe in clayey-calcareous soils, in the light of the Sun and with a low rainfall. The vines grow in surface soils of low fertility and aren’t watered at any time of year to avoid the reduction of tannins, basic elements for an excellent ageing.
The pruning of the vines during the winter and summer is performed conscientiously and with extreme care: before harvest, already after the appearance of the fruit, when necessary, some branches are removed in order to increase the quality of the grapes that remain in the plant.
All these processes reduce the yield of vineyards, but keeps the appropriate quantity and quality to get the best grapes, with the better grades of acidity and tannic structure, needed for the production and ageing of our wines.
Our Grape Varieties
One of the oldest Portuguese grape varieties and by far the most cultivated of the white varieties. It’s spread over almost all wine regions, especially in the Ribatejo and Bairrada, where it is known as Maria Gomes. It has a large production capacity and it’s also a controversial varietal among those who criticize for giving too much “flat” wines due to the lack of acidity. But, at the same time, they enhance the extraordinary aromatic features and the ability to produce distinctive and strong personality wines. It offers ripe citrus aromas and notes of orange and lime, joining the family of aromatic grape varieties such as Alvarinho, Loureiro and Moscatel.
Great noble red grape variety and outstanding quality, as evidenced by the fact of its presence in famous wines produced in the Iberian Peninsula. In Spain is known as Tempranillo. In good years, this varietal produces full-bodied, deep purple and very aromatic wines. The aromas of Aragonez, unique and elegant, suggest pepper and wildflowers notes. It has a good production capacity and is indispensable in Port wines of quality. Alkso, the production of Aragonez varietal wines, has given good results.
It’s the most widely grown red grape variety in Portugal. It has the great ability to adapt to different climatic conditions, which gives a remarkable versatility and allows winemakers to produce very different wines – powerful, and intense red wines to keep. It adapts better in the Setúbal peninsula “terroir”, from where the wines are more fleshy and intense, with aromas of red fruits and wild plants, which integrate well with the French oak.
TINTA MIÚDA (red)
Tinta Miúda is a Portuguese red grape variety that is mainly cultivated in the “Oeste” and “Ribatejo” regions. This varietal is often used in the production of bulk wine and table wine, but can also be used in regional wines. It is composed of dark berries, very small, and has the characteristic of being very resistant to bad weather.
TOURIGA NACIONAL (red)
It was in early times the dominant grape variety in the Dão region and almost exclusively responsible for the fame of its wines. It is now one of the varietal most used in the Douro and considered one of the most noble grape varieties in Portugal. Touriga Nacional wines have deep purple, full-bodied, powerful and exceptional aromatic qualities. It often has notes of blackberry, blueberry, rock rose and lavender. His fame has spread it for almost all Portuguese wine regions, and is even arouse the curiosity of foreign winemakers. It ages well and won in aromatic complexity when ageing in oak.
TOURIGA FRANCA (red)
Best known for Touriga Francesa, it’s the most widely grown red grape variety in the region where they produce the wines of the Douro and Porto. It’s easy to grow, not prone to diseases of the vine and has a good production capacity. It features fine and intense aromas, with notes of black fruits and wild flowers, which come together with a good body and color. It is one of the grape varieties used in the preparation of Douro fortified wines, along with other noble varieties in the region, as Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional. But it also has the capacity to assert itself, as we can see by some successful experiences of varietal wines.
TRINCADEIRA / TINTA AMARELA (red)
It’s one of the Portuguese grape varieties most spread in the Portuguese territory. Its qualities are revealed, however, in warm, dry and very light areas, being very well adapted to the interior of the Alentejo. It is a difficult grape variety, of irregular productivity and somewhat susceptible to harmful molds, but in the best years, it gives great wines. It has an excellent acidity, soft tannins and abundant and intense aromas of plum and blackberry, resulting in elegant and balanced wines. When Trincadeira is blended with other varietals, as Aragonez or Touriga Nacional, the result is an extraordinary wine.