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Castelao

Castelão, also known as Periquita, is a red grape variety grown mainly in Portugal. It is the most widely planted grape variety in the country and is a key component of many Portuguese wines.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Castelão is a reddish-purple grape variety with thick skins. Its wines are characterized by full body, medium to high acidity and sometimes with a harsh tannin structure. Aromas of dark red fruit and baking spices are common, along with a hint of earthiness and leather.

Fresh Castelao grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Castelão is grown primarily in the Portuguese region of Ribatejo. It is also found in the Alentejo, Setúbal Peninsula, and Beiras regions. It is also grown in small amounts in Spain, Brazil, and even Australia. Castelão is a hardy variety that ripens early and is well-suited to warm climates. In the vineyard, it is prone to powdery mildew and downy mildew, so careful canopy management is necessary. In the cellar, Castelão is often blended with other Portuguese varieties, such as Aramon and Touriga Nacional, to create deeper and more complex wines. In Ribatejo, Castelão is used to make full-bodied, rustic wines with a good balance of fruit and earthy flavors. In the Setúbal Peninsula, it is used to make lighter, fresher wines with bright red fruit flavors. In Alentejo, Castelão is blended with other varieties to create wines with structure, depth and complexity. Castelão is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of foods. Its full body and relatively high acidity make it a great match for grilled meats and roasted vegetables. Its aromas of dark red fruit and baking spices also make it an excellent match for lamb dishes.

Foods to pair with Castelao:

Pasta
Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Fun Fact about Castelao
Due to its general hardiness and adaptability, Castelão is now the most widely planted grape variety in Portugal.

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Cartuxa

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Cartuxa EA Tinto is a generously fruited red wine intended for everyday enjoyment. Hailing from Alentejo, this wine is crafted from indigenous Portuguese grapes grown in a warm climate. The winemaking process involves meticulous attention to detail, ensuring the focus remains on the fruit with the extraction of a supple structure. Cartuxa EA Tinto offers an enjoyable experience for wine enthusiasts who enjoy softer wine styles or who seek an introduction to Portuguese grapes.
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AR - Adega de Redondo Porta Da Ravessa Alentejo Tinto is a delightful red wine that showcases the best of the Alentejo region in Portugal. Produced by Adega de Redondo, a renowned winery known for their commitment to quality, this wine is a true representation of the region's terroir. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from the region's warm climate and unique soil composition, resulting in grapes with excellent ripeness and flavor. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the grapes and traditional techniques, resulting in a wine that is rich, full-bodied, and well-balanced. With its deep ruby color, aromas of ripe berries, and a smooth, velvety texture, this wine is perfect for those who appreciate a classic Alentejo red.
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Bridão Clássico Tinto

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Bridão Clássico Tinto is a delightful red wine hailing from Portugal's Tejo region, known for its rich soils and temperate climate. Produced by Adega Cooperativa do Alentejo, a cooperative with a focus on quality and tradition, this wine is made predominantly from indigenous grape varieties. The grapes are harvested from vineyards that benefit from the balanced microclimate, allowing them to mature perfectly. Crafted using traditional winemaking methods and aged in stainless steel vats to retain its vibrant fruit character, Bridão Clássico Tinto offers a straightforward and authentic experience. On the nose, the wine exudes aromas of ripe red fruits, such as cherries and strawberries, along with subtle hints of spice. The palate is medium-bodied and well-balanced, featuring flavors of red berries and plums, complemented by smooth tannins and a pleasing finish.
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Marcolino Sébo Monte da Vaqueira Tinto is a premium red wine produced in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The winemaking process involves traditional techniques, including hand-picking and fermentation in stainless steel tanks, which help to preserve the wine's natural flavors and aromas. The resulting wine is a fruity and complex blend of local grape varieties, with notes of dark fruit, spice, and dried herbs. It is a perfect choice for those who appreciate the unique flavors and character of Alentejo wines.
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José Maria da Fonseca Waterdog Red Blend is a captivating wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Hailing from a renowned appellation, this wine is crafted with meticulous care from grapes sourced from exceptional vineyards. The vineyard features contribute to the wine's distinct character, with ideal soil composition and favorable climate conditions. The winemaking process involves a delicate balance of traditional techniques and modern innovation, resulting in a wine that beautifully expresses its terroir. The style of this red blend is elegant and refined, with a harmonious blend of flavors and a smooth, lingering finish. It is a true testament to the artistry and passion behind its creation.
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