Portugal

  • Bodacious Red

    Bodacious Red

    This a red blend from the Tejo wine region of Portugal formerly known as Ribatejo until its rebranding in 2009, now named after the Tejo River. It’s produced by Falua Sociedade de Vinos. The blend includes Castelão, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Syrah. The wine gained a Bronze Medal at the 2023 IWSC and the…

  • Lidl Italian and Iberian Wine Tours

    Lidl Italian and Iberian Wine Tours

    On 7 February 2024, I attended a Lidl wine tasting which showcased wines planned to be introduced during the Italian and Iberian wine tours in February and March 2024, respectively. Additionally, a selection of wines from Lidl’s existing collection was also being shown. Wine tours at Lidl are the wines displayed in wooden crates, each…

  • Varzea do Marão Vinho Verde Rose

    Varzea do Marão Vinho Verde Rose

    The Varzea do Marão Vinho Verde Rosé 2023 is from Quinta da Calçada, a winery in the heart of the Vinho Verde region in Amarante, Portugal. Owned by the da Mota family since 1917, Quinta da Calçada stands as one of the oldest producers in the region, with a heritage of crafting high-quality still and…

  • Mimo Moutinho Lisboa Red

    Mimo Moutinho Lisboa Red

    The 2021 Mimo Moutinho Lisboa Red from Aldi is made from the Touriga Nacional grape. Following the footsteps of its predecessor, the 2019 vintage, which Decanter praised for its ‘juicy brambles, liquorice and smoky tarry notes’, this wine maintains a high standard, scoring a respectable 3.8 on Vivino. On tasting, there’s red fruits. The wine…

  • Portuguese Wines to Try

    Portuguese Wines to Try

    An article by Nicky Rampley-Clarke in the Evening Standard looks into the diverse world of Portuguese wines which come from 55 different regions and almost 200 indigenous grape varieties. The most well-known regions include Douro, Minho, and Dão, each offering unique flavours and characteristics. Portuguese wines are generally made from indigenous grapes, giving them a…

  • Vinha Do Fava Touriga Nacional

    Vinha Do Fava Touriga Nacional

    Casa Ermelinda Freitas is a 5th generation Portuguese winery dating back to 1920 and is one of the biggest Portuguese producers. This wine has a great depth of flavour, complemented by robust tannins, alongside a smooth, velvety feel. Aromas of spiced bramble, cassis, plum and blackcurrant. Touriga Nacional is one of the top grape varieties…