Portugal

Port: Portugal's Most Recognized Wine

Portugal, Europe’s westernmost state, is also the birthplace of one of the most recognized wines in the world: Port wine. The Port appellation is the oldest clearly demarcated designated region in the world and is the fruit of the oldest alliance between two nations: Portugal and England.

This fortified wine is mutated with the addition of a grape-based spirit (brandy essentially), that permits the wine to conserve its residual sugars. This sweet liquor is separated into two major categories:

Vintage Ports are wines that have the potential to age for over a century!

 

Our Producer


 

JAPG Vitivinicultura e Serviços, LDA

   
  Carvoeira, Portugal    
       
 

José Gaspar is a winemaker and consultant who has worked in most regions in Portugal. Having spent many years based in the Douro making port, he returned to Lisbon. Many of the wines offered are made from indigenous Portuguese varieties which are not found or planted anywhere else in the world and which make distinctive wines with personality.

 

Wine Regions

Vinho Verde: Located in Minho in northwestern Portugal, the Vinho Verde DOC produces light bodied, slightly effervescent white wines low in alcohol. Its name translates to “young wine”, as it is usually released three to six months after harvest. The wines are produced from several thousands of small farms throughout the region:19,000 grape growers cover an area of 51,000 acres of vineyards. Albariño is the most planted grape variety here.
Vinho Regional Lisboa: The Lisboa region, also known as Estremadura, is located in the center of Portugal’s Atlantic coast. There are nine DOCs in the region, the most prestigious being Alenquer and Bucelas. More than 30 local grape varieties are used, mostly for white wine production. In recent years, international varieties have been increasingly used.
Dão: Dão is Portugal’s most important wine region and is located south of the Douro Valley. Taking its name from the Dão River, the majority of the vineyards of the region are located along its shores, at an elevation between 150 and 450 metres. Red wines are made from Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, and Alfrocheiro.
Tejo:  Portugal’s Tejo region is located in the central part of the country, just inland from the capital of Lisbon. It is a warm and dry landlocked region, influenced by the Tejo river. Winemakers have traditionally grown Portuguese varieties but are leaning more and more towards international grape varieties to produce more diverse wines. Fertile soils and the natural irrigation from the Tejo river can lead to excessive yields. However, the Tejo region still produces wines of very high quality, mostly reds, and often blends of local and international grape varieties.
Douro: Douro, in northern Portugal, is the home of Port, centered around the Douro River. It encompasses three sub-regions: Baixo Corgo (below Corgo), Cima Corgo (above Corgo) and Douro Superior. The DOC is characterized by its mountainous terrain, and varied terroirs. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the vineyards typically are planted on the slopes on either side of the Douro River. Besides fortified wines such as Port, the region grows over 80 grape varieties. The main red varieties include Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Cao.



 

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