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Wines of Portugal

The very early stages of Portugal's wine history probably resemble those of Spain, as common lands of the Iberian peninsula that show the first written use of the name "Portugal" in 938 AD, and proclamation of it as an independent kingdom in 1065.  Vines were likely first domesticated by the Phoenicians, with greater development of viticulture by Greek and Roman colonists.  Known best worldwide for its famous port dessert wines, along with the eclectic and fortified Madeira, the small country ranks 12th in wine production (quite well ahead of Greece and Brazil, for instance, but also quite far behind Germany and even South Africa).  The total square mileage of this dramatically beautiful coastal nation is just slightly greater than the state of Maine, and about one-fifth that of California.

The largest, most pastoral, and least populated province in the country - actually one of the least populated in Europe - is the Alentejo (the "j" is pronounced softly in Portuguese, not like an "h" as it would be in Spanish), which lies in the south-central portion of the country and borders Spain to its east.  While the temperature can be very hot and the soils are poor, much of the peaceful landscape is made up of rolling hills that support olive trees, cork oaks, and vines.  Even more noticeable on closer inspection are its people: sincere, open, generous, and incredibly hospitable.  These are proud survivors, hard workers, wage earners, like the farm hand, cork worker, vineyard worker, pruner, mule driver and small shopkeeper - all with great respect for the history and tradition of their surroundings.

portugal mapIn the northeastern quadrant of the Alentejo, not far from the famous medieval walled city of Evora and only about a 30 minute drive from the Spanish border, one can find the charming and ancient town of Redondo, home of the Adega Cooperativa de Redondo winery.  Founded in 1956, it is a co-op of over 200 growers from the Redondo sub-region (about 98% of them, in fact).  The winery has remarkable control over maintaining consistent quality while striving to create wines of true artisinal style.  Their hard work and dedication to the signature grape varietals and growers in the region have resulted in great sales success within Portugal, along with critical acclaim.  Daqopa Brands is now both fortunate and extremely proud to make these delicious and surprisingly affordable wines available in the U.S..  They are simply...fixe! (cool)