This fragrant, ripe and juicy red offers heady aromas of violets and Asian spices; the palate is full-bodied, supple and dry with chewy tannins and flavours of blackberry, plum and pepper on a medium length finish.
As a wine producing country in Europe, Portugal has developed in relative isolation. They have been largely uninfluenced from their winemaking neighbours relying largely on indigenous varietals and traditional techniques. The latter has changed significantly over the past twenty years with an influx of foreign investment allowing many wineries to upgrade their technology and winemaking practices. The country possesses fantastic vineyard sites capable of producing world class wines in regions such as Alentejo, Ribaterjo, and Dão. The climate is generally warm and dry so obtaining ripeness is rarely an issue. The challenge however, is maintaining acidity and structure in the wines, something that has been made significantly easier with modern winemaking techniques such as cold fermentation. Portugal produces a wide variety of wines and wine styles from grapes such as Alvarinho, Arinto, and Antão for whites, and Touriga Nacional, AragÃ³nez, and Trincadeira for reds. There are also plantings of international varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Syrah.
This is Portugal's second largest wine-producing region by volume, after the Douro. Of its total output, 65% is exported.
This wine region was known as Estremadura until 2008. Lisbon wine region produces and sells many excellent wines. There are a growing number of private wine estates, but a great many small-scale producers deliver their grapes to large co-operatives.
With an export rate of 90%, Vidigal is one of the top exporting wine companies in Portugal. Vidigal sells in over 30 countries, commercializing 40 different types of wines. During 5 consecutive years it was the biggest wine selling company in Norway, an achievement that no other Portuguese company ever accomplished.
In terms of production, Vidigal has partnerships in the area of Lisbon representing 1,112 acres of vineyards, as well as in other Portuguese wine regions: Tagus, Douro, Alentejo, Dão, Beiras and Vinho Verde.
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