Thursday, January 11, 2007

Collaborative Research Task

Vinho da Península de Setúbal

Within the Setúbal peninsula we can find three different kinds of denominations that ensure the quality of the wines produced in the region, the D.O.C. (Controlled Denomination of Origin) Palmela, the D.O.C. Setúbal and the regional Terras do Sado.
These wines have always been appreciated, first by the Romans, later on by the English and nowadays the rest of the European and American continents are also surrendering to such magnificent qualities making the production and exports to grow in the last decades.
The climate in which the production takes place is typically mediterranian originating red, white, rosé, generous, licorous and sparkling wines of supreme quality with a unique “bouquet” (nose, taste and colour).
The main varietals used are the “Castelão”, “Aragonês” and “Periquita” for the reds and the “Fernão Pires” and “Arinto” for the whites.
Located south to the Tagus River, the Setúbal peninsula produces some excellent prize winner wines, among the reds we can find the “Periquita”, “Special Reserve Domingos Soares Franco”, “Terras do Pó” and “José de Sousa Mayor”, in the white wines the “JP”, “BSE” and “Albis” and finally dominating the rosés and sparkling wines we have “Lancer’s”.
The skill and craft of this region wine producers is unquestionable as well as the superb quality of the wines. Each glass of wine is a wonderful journey that takes you through centuries of experience in wine production, and the variety of unique wines is an invitation to this region.

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