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Carcavelos

DOC / DOP area west of Lisbon on the north side of the Tejo estuary in the Portuguese region Estremadura, The appellation was already established in 1907. The Portuguese Prime Minister Marquês de Pombal (1699-1782) owned a winery and castle in the 18th century near Oeiras. He issued a decree that the Carcavelos wine with port wine was allowed to be blended. At that time, the Carcavelos wine was very popular in England and scored 1769 at one auction at Christie's highest prices in London. In the past, the vineyards, which are considerably larger than those of today, were spread like islands between Cascais in the west and Lisbon in the east. Today they have shrunk to 12 hectares north of Oeiras and west of Cascais.

Of the Dessert wine is made from the white wine varieties Arinto. Galego Dourado. Rabo de Ovelha. Ratinho and Seara Nova, as well as the red wines Castelão Francês. Preto Martinho and Trincadeira Preta blended. The individual varieties are fermented separately. After blending is Vinho abafado (fermented, semi-fermented grape must of mostly Galego Dourado) added and the wine with wine spirit to at least 16 to 20% vol alcohol content aufgespritet. It ages for three to five years and longer in small oak barrels. The one Tawny port (with which it was previously blended) similar Carcavelos is dry, semi-dry or semi-sweet expanded and has aromas of nuts, vanilla. tobacco, Almonds and dried fruits. Depending on the grape varieties used or the different types of refinement, the color can range from cognac colors to topaz (yellow) to brownish red. The best producer is Quinta dos Pesos.

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