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Colares

Tiny DOC area (also Collares) on the Atlantic coast Portugal north of Lisbon in the region Estremadura, The vineyards, constantly surrounded by Atlantic winds, between the small town of Sintra (the palace here was the summer residence of the Portuguese kings) and the Atlantic lie on sandy soil up to three meters deep, which is why the area remained in the 19th century phylloxera spared (see also under Sandweinpension ). The predominant autochthonous red grape Ramisco is grown root-safe and has to drill its roots into the clay layer deep below. Creating new vineyards is very difficult because the thick layer of sand has to be dug to get to the clay. A dark and tannin-rich red wine made from at least 80% Ramisco is pressed from the sandy bottom and aged in wooden barrels for up to three years. At best, you should only open the wine that can be stored for decades after 10 to 15 years. A lower quality comes from the firmer soil a little further away from the coast, which is usually sold in the barrel for blending purposes. From mainly Malvasia de Colares, such as Arinto. Galego Dourado and Jampal a white variant is pressed in small quantities. But the wine is threatened with extinction. The best known of the few producers is Antonio Bernardino Paulo da Silva.

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