Top 10 Portuguese Wines Essência do Vinho
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The 10th edition of Essência do Vinho, Portugal’s biggest wine event (though not the best :)), is happening this weekend in the beautiful city of Porto. This year’s program is filled with exciting tastings and special events. In what has become one of the most awaited wine ceremonies in Portugal, Essência do Vinho has once again selected its Top 10 Portuguese Wines.

A list of 51 wines (38 reds e 14 whites) was pre-selected by Essência during the year. Then, a panel of international wine influencers (journalists, critics, bloggers) coming from such countries as Germany, Brazil, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Portugal and Sweden selected 2 white wines and 8 red wines for the final list.

Soalheiro Primeiras Vinhas 2011

Top 10 Portuguese Wines by Essência do Vinho

  1. Soalheiro Alvarinho Primeiras Vinhas 2011 (White, Vinho Verde, 15 €) – favorite
    Grape varieties: Alvarinho
  2. Guru 2011 (White, Douro, 25 €) – favorite
    Viosinho, Rabigato, Codega do Larinho, Gouveio
  3. Tributo 2010 (Red, Tejo, 22 €)
    Syrah, Grenache, Viognier
  4. Curriculum Vitae 2010 (Red, Douro, 57 €) – favorite
    A blend of +25 grape varieties from 80-plus year old vines including Rufete, Tinta Amarela, Donzelinho Tinto, Tinta Francisca, Sousão, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional
  5. Pintas 2010 (Red, Douro, 60 €) – favorite
    A blend of +20 grape varieties from 78 year old vines
  6. Terrenus Vinhas Velhas Reserva 2009 (Red, Alentejo, 40 €)
    Aragonês, Trincadeira, Grand Noir, Alicante Bouchet and others (9 different Portuguese varieties) from 90 year old vines
  7. Casa de Santa Vitória Grande Reserva 2008 (Red, Alentejo, 12 €)
    Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
  8. Passadouro Touriga Nacional 2010 (Red, Douro, 18 €)
    Touriga Nacional
  9. Grande Rocim Reserva 2009 (Red, Alentejo, 50 €)
    Alicante Bouschet
  10. Hexagon 2008 (Red, Setúbal, 36 €)
    Touriga  Nacional, Syrah,  Trincadeira,  Tinto  Cão, Touriga Franca, Tannat

I’ve marked my favorite wines from the list though I haven’t yet tasted all of the wines. I’ll do an update on the list as soon as I taste them.

The prices for the Top 10 Portuguese Wines start at an inexpensive 11 € (for the Passadouro) while both the top red and the top white are below 20 €. Some good value options in this list. The other good news is that many of these wines are available outside of Portugal. Enjoy!

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