Península de Setúbal VR

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Península de Setúbal, formerly Terras do Sado

Península de Setúbal, until 2009 named Terras do Sado, is a Portuguese wine region covering Península de Setúbal and most of the Sado River region. The area is classified as a Vinho Regional (VR), a designation similar to a French vin de pays region. With the Setúbal DOC to the northwest and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the region is almost completely surrounded by the Alentejo VR.[1]

In 2009, the region was renamed from Terras do Sado to Península de Setúbal, to associate the region's name with the name of its internationally most well-known subregion, Setúbal.[2]

Subregions[edit]

Within the Península de Setúbal region there are two designated subregions with a higher level of wine classification:[2]

Grapes[edit]

Red wines produced under the Península de Setúbal VR must contain a blend of at least 50% Aragonez, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Moscatel Roxo, Periquita, Tinta Amarela and Touriga Nacional. The remaining 50% can include Alfrocheiro Preto, Alicante Bouschet, Bastardo, Carignan, Grand noir, Monvedro, Moreto and Tinta Miuda. The white wines of the region must contain at least 50% Arinto, Chardonnay, Fernão Pires, Malvasia Fina, Muscat of Alexandria and Roupeiro. The remaining 50% can include Antão Vaz, Esgana Cão, Sauvignon blanc, Rabo de Ovelha, Trincadeira das Pratas and Ugni blanc.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b T. Stevenson "The Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia" pg 329-333 Dorling Kindersley 2005 ISBN 0-7566-1324-8
  2. ^ a b Wines & Winemakers - News, December 14, 2009