Madeira among the big winners of the Top 10 Portuguese Wines

A 50 year old Madeira wine, an Arinto from the Azores, an Alfrocheiro from Dão and a Fernão Pires from Almeirim are the big winners of the Top 10 Portuguese Wines of the 19th Essência do Vinho, the organization announced today.

Consisting of three fortified wines, three whites, three reds and a late harvest, the Top 10 of what is the 19th edition of the event, taking place until Sunday in Porto, results from blind tastings carried out by an international jury of four dozen specialists to about 60 samples, explains in a statement.

In terms of fortified wines, the best score by the jury was the Madeira wine Frasqueira Blandy´s Bual 1972, followed by the Sandeman Old Tawny 50 Year Old Tawny Port and the Adega de Favaios Moscatel do Douro Colheita 1989.

From the island of Pico, Pé do Monte Reserva Arinto dos Açores 2020, produced by Cinzia Caiazzo and Gianni Mancassola, reached first place among white wines, where Vinha dos Utras 2020 (Azores) also stood out in second place, and Quinta of Rede Reserva da Família 2012 (Douro), in the third.

Among the red wines tasted, Líquen Alfrocheiro 2020, made in Dão by winemaker and producer João Cabral de Almeida, obtained the highest score, followed by Tecedeiras Único 2019 (Douro) and Encosta do Sobral Grande Reserva 2019 (Tejo).

Among the late harvests subject to tasting, the Falcoaria Colheita Tardia 2016 wine, obtained from the Fernão Pires grape variety in Almeirim, achieved the greatest prominence.

Until Sunday at Palácio da Bolsa, in Porto, the 19th edition of Essência do Vinho brings together more than 4,000 wines, in free tasting, from 400 producers.

The event also closes the 1st edition of Wine & Travel Week, a professional wine tourism fair in Porto that wants to assert itself internationally as a forum for reflection and analysis of success stories, promoting a series of technical visits to the seven Portuguese tourism regions .

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