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OPEN NOTE

Autumn has begun and the leaves on the trees are beginning to fall. Grape harvest is finished and we are excited to see what the juices will reserve for us.


Have you heard? 
The Dão and Vinho Verde Demarcated Region celebrated their 110th anniversary this year. Congratulations are in order!
Find out more about these two Portuguese wine regions below and see our suggestions!

Take a look at the latest wine release from Herdade de Pegos Claros - Primo!  Their best kept secret!

SPOTLIGHT

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10 YEARS OF DÃO AND VINHO VERDE REGIONS 

The Vinho Verde and Dão Demarcated Regions celebrated their 110th anniversary. Here is some information about these two regions.
And to celebrate this date, may we suggest some wines from this two regions.

  • VINHO VERDE

Originally defined on September 18, 1908, the demarcated Vinho Verde Region extends across the northwest of Portugal, in the area traditionally known as Entre-Douro-e-Minho. The Minho River is its northern border, forming part of the border with Spain, its southern border is formed by the Douro River and the Freita, Arada and Montemuro mountains, to the east it's bordered by the mountains of Peneda, Gerês, Cabreira and Marão, and the western border is the Atlantic Ocean. 

In terms of geographical area, it is the largest Portuguese demarcated region, and one of the largest in Europe. 

The origin of the Vinho Verde name refers to the natural characteristics of the region, which produce dense green foliage, but which also contribute to the wine's profile with freshness and lightness. It is this youthfulness that the wine is named after, in comparison to other more complex and weighty wines.

The vines grow in fertile, granite soils along rivers that flow from the mountains of the east to burst out into the ocean between golden surfing beaches. There are nine sub-regions to the DOC, named after rivers or towns: Monção, Melgaço, Lima, Basto, Cávado, Ave, Amarante, Baião, Sousa and Paiva.

Taste some of our Vinho Verde wines:

      


  • DÃO

The Dão region is located right at the heart of Portugal. The region is divided into three sections: the Beira Litoral (the coastal section, home to the Bairrada wine region), the Beira Alta (the upper mountainous region - wich is where Dão wine comes from) and the Beira Baixa (the lower region).

Surrounded on all sides by mountains, the Dão region is protected both from the direct influence of the continental climate, and from the chill and rains from the ocean.
This is high country, rising from 200 metres above sea level at its lowest spots to 1,000 metres in the Serra da Estrela, the high mountain range to the south and east of the region. High altitude makes for cool nights, slower ripening, good acidity and aroma, and the potential for great elegance in the wines, both red and white.

Dão wines can usually age well. Vineyards, often very small patches of vines, are scattered at various altitudes amidst pine forests. Soils are very poor and granitic, with some schist to the south-west. For red wines, Touriga Nacional and Alfrocheiro perform very well here, with the help of Tinta Roriz (also Known as Aragonez, or, in Spain, Tempranillo), along with the traditional Jaen, Baga, Bastardo and Tinta Pinheira.

The star white grape is the Encruzado, making styles ranging from light, fresh whites to richer, barrel-fermented versions. Supporting white varieties are Bical, Cercial, Malvasia Fina, Rabo de Ovelha and Verdelho.

This part of the country is home to some of Portugal’s most distinctive and distinguished red wines and rapidily improving whites. As result the region is protected to a degree from the strong Atlantic influence from the west and partly sheltered from the harsh continental climate from the east. 

Dão is often referred to as "Portugal's Burgundy" due to similar wine styles. Taste our Insurgente:

Enjoy!


NEW WINE RELEASES

Primo - Portuguese word for cousin or first person singular of verb "excel".

A surprising "cousin" who inherited the family's persistence and audacity.

Produced with Castelão (90%) and Tintinha (10%) grape varieties, Primo is the best kept secret from Herdade de Pegos Claros.  
Tintinha is an unusual and very particular Portuguese grape variety. The true identity is uncertain since it is both synonym for Petit Bouschet and the name of a distinct variety whose DNA profile in Almadanim et al. (2004) is unique.

This wine is produced from the oldest vineyard of Herdade de Pegos Claros, barrel-fermentated in all new, 500 litre, French oak barrels and aged for two years in the cellar. 

Limited Production: 1676 bottles



SEE YOU SOON!




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