7 Gold medals for the Alentejo in the Portuguese Wines Contest

The verdicts were given by a vast panel of wine experts, both national and foreign, brought back by ViniPortugal, who organized the event.

In the end, the big winners came from the Douro and Alentejo. "Best of the Year" and "Best of the Red Year" went to the Quinta Vale D. Maria Vinha da Francisca Douro 2016, Aveleda. In the whites, won another duriense, the Quinta da Pedra Escrita Reserva Bio 2017, by Rui Roboredo Madeira. Let's now see the best varietals: in the reds won the Grande Rocim Alentejo Rocim 2015, from Rocim Agroindústria, a wine made from Alicante Bouschet. The best white varietal was for Dão, for the Villa Oliveira Encruzado 2016, of the Shelter of the Passarela. In the 'Licorosos' won the 20 year old Moscatel Wire from Setúbal, from José Maria da Fonseca Vinhos, which beat all the competition of Port and Madeira.

Finally, in the sparkling wine, the palm went to the São João Caves to be congratulated by Luiz Costa Pinot Noir & Chardonnay 2015, the sparkling top of the range bairradina house. The winners were known at the award ceremony of the Portuguese Wine Competition, which took place at the Cruise Terminal of the Port of Leixões, and was attended by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Vine and Wine (IVV). Bernardo Gouvêa.

In terms of statistics, the jury awarded a total of 423 medals, of which 29 in the Great Gold category, 98 in Gold and 296 in Silver. The Douro was the region that received the highest gold medals from the jury, collecting 11 medals, followed by the Alentejo region with 7 medals and Dão with 4 medals. The complete list of winners is available on the Vinhos de Portugal Contest website.

As is traditional, all the wines were tasted during three days in Santarém. Gold medalists entered the final phase, where a Grand Jury, meeting in Espinho, selected the Gold Medals and the Best of the Year. The Grand Jury was composed of Dirceu Vianna Júnior (MW), United Kingdom, Evan Goldstein (MS) ), USA, Thomas Vartelaus of Switzerland. Two Portuguese were also there: Bento Amaral, from the IVDP, and Luís Lopes, president of the Competition and director of the magazine Grandes Escolhas.

It is recalled that this is the largest Portuguese wine contest and was once again an organization of ViniPortugal. Jorge Monteiro, president of this institution, makes a positive assessment of this edition: "Year after year we have been able to grow the Portuguese Wine Competition in its different dimensions, namely the number of wines inscribed, as well as the presence of more international experts, who acceded to the invitation to come to know our wine reality ". He also said: "More than a competition, the Wines Portugal Contest is a week dedicated to celebrating the quality of Portuguese wines. It is an important moment for the economic agents involved in the wine industry and an excellent vehicle to promote the wines of Portugal with international specialists, who will return to their countries of origin with much more knowledge of the quality of our wines thanks to the parallel program of the initiative, which includes wine dinners, visits to producers and masterclasses. "

It is recalled that the participation in the Wines Competition of Portugal constitutes a platform for the international promotion of the Portuguese producers. The wines awarded with the Gold and Gold Medals will have a guaranteed presence in international events of excellence to be held in 2019.

Vinhos do Alentejo 2022