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Ramisco, the iconic dark-blue-skinned grape variety from Colares, stands out in the world of wine grapes as one of very few vinifera varieties never to have been grafted onto American phylloxera-resistant rootstocks. It is grown only in Colares, south-western Portugal, in whose sandy soils the phylloxera louse cannot survive.
Ramisco wines are usually mid-weighted reds, with pronounced acidity and ample tannins - the result of the variety's remarkably dense skins. Alcohol levels are relatively subdued, however; it is rare to find a Ramisco wine surpassing 13% ABV.... more
Colares is a lesser-known but traditionally prestigious wine region situated on Portugal's central Atlantic coast. It is famous as much for its sandy, phylloxera-free soils and ungrafted vines as the robust, tannic red wine it produces from Ramisco grapes (white Colares Branco is also produced here, from a local strain of Malvasia).
Soil is key in Colares. The sandy chão de areia topsoils here, and the heavy chão rijo clays which underpin them, are quite literally fundamental to Colares' viticulture. Wines made from vines planted on any other soil type cannot be legally sold as Colares.
The sandy topsoils famously saved the vines here from the ravages of the ... more
Estremadura is a prolific wine region located at the center of Portugal's Atlantic coast. Despite being one of the country's most productive vinicultural areas, its name remains relatively obscure, as its wines have traditionally been labeled with the names of the local sub-regions rather than of Estremadura itself.... more
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