Today Portuguese fortified and table wines are more dynamic than ever and are undoubtedly one of the main assets of the country. Portugal’s winemakers have been conservative in one respect – keeping faith with their grapes. And no wonder! Portugal has in excess of 250 indigenous grapes, only a few of which have travelled anywhere else in the world. Portugal’s varieties are unique, with thrillingly different flavors. Yet quality-wise there has been no resting on traditional laurels. In 2014 Wine Spectator ranked Portugal 1st as the country with the highest percentage of wines scoring above 95 points.
In an increasingly globalized world, Portuguese wines remain genuine, with a strong Portuguese character and are highly gastronomic. Portuguese winemakers are masters of unlocking the potential of a country full of diversity. Vines are planted in all types of soils, from sand to shale, and exposed to a diversity of microclimates, from the influence of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to the influence of Continental Europe. The result is an exciting range of wines that is as diverse as it is unique.
This seminar will give an overview of Portuguese wines, namely types of wines, grape varieties, regions, climates and soils, wine tasting and their excellent capacity for gastronomic harmonization. Eight Portuguese wines will be sampled to showcase the uniqueness and wide array of Portuguese grape varieties.
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The Uniqueness of Portuguese Wines
Wednesday 30 May 2018 / 16:00 - 17:30
Cátia Moura - firstname.lastname@example.org
Josephine Poon - Josepoon@paradigm.com.hk