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Acclamation for Portugalís wine industry


This week Portugal’s wine industry scooped respectable publicity after leading international mass media corporation Bloomberg, one of the world’s premier sites for business and financial market news, published a piece focussing on the country’s reds and how they are set to “steal Spain’s thunder.”

Portuguese Wine - Portugal Car HireIt is major acclamation for Portugal’s wine industry, which in many experts’ opinions has for too long lived in the shadows of its larger and better-known neighbour.

“Back in the 1990’s Spain seemed to be Europe’s most forward-looking wine producer. But as overproduction and high alcohol wines increasingly dominate Spanish viniculture, it now appears Portugal can steal some of its thunder”, says acclaimed wine connoisseur John Mariani, who wrote the piece entitled ‘Portuguese Red Wines Come of Age, Steal Spain’s Thunder’ for Muse, the arts and culture section of Bloomberg News.
“Such an achievement would simply not have been possible 10 years ago. Prior to 1986, when Portugal joined the EU, its wine industry was wracked by political directives and a lack of any dependable system to make sense of its wine regions”, he added.

Mr. Mariani explained how EU subsidies and investments “poured into Portugal for the regeneration of old and the building of new wineries”, and how it attracted a younger generation of winemakers, “including an impressive number of women, who now account for 60 percent of the students at the oenology school in Vila Real.”
In his piece, the expert highlights several Portuguese reds and expresses surprise at both the affordable cost of the wines and the fact that that very few of them topped 14 percent in alcohol.

On his list of highlights were “a lovely, sweetly juicy and floral Vinho Oscar Quevedo Douro Oscar’s 2009 ($10) that makes for very easy drinking”; the 2009 Quinta dos Murcas Assobio, “a terrific buy, with a remarkably assertive bouquet and fine texture felt from the tip of the tongue to back of the throat”; a 2009 J. Portugal Ramos Colheita, “a persuasive blend of two Touriga varietals plus Tinta Roriz, with plenty of complexity”, and a “typical” Portuguese wine, the 2009 Quinta de Roriz Prazo de Roriz.

Mr. Mariani’s favourite wine, according to his piece, is the PV Mutante 2007, “whose age mellowed its tannins and acids, revealing layers of integrated flavours of fruit and woodsyness.”

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