The named after the city DOC area on the Atlantic coast is located southeast of the Portuguese Capital Lisbon on Peninsula Península Setúbal in the central west in the area Península de Setúbal, The climate Here in the autumn is influenced by the influences of the Atlantic and especially by cool and very humid air currents from the Tejo river mouth. The vines grow here on calcareous, sandy and clayey soils. After this port wine and Madeira is Portugal's third major dessert wine with a very old tradition. The French Sun King Louis XIV. (1638-1715) is said to have always demanded the liqueur wine from Setúbal for his festivities in Versailles. The English wine author Cyrus Redding (1785-1870) praised the wine in 1851 in his book A History and Description of Modern Wine. Around the year 1860, the wine was exported to three continents. In the same way as at Madeira He was loaded onto ships before being sold in barrels and transported twice over the equator. Such on the label with TVE ( Torna Viagem ) designated bottles from the period 1870 to 1890 store today in the cellars of the company Fonseca,
The wine is made from at least 85% Moscatel de Setúbal ( Muscat d'Alexandrie ), as well as small portions mainly of the varieties Arinto, Boal Branco ( Malvasia Fina ), Moscatel Douro ( Muscat Blanc ) and the reddish variety Moscatel Roxo. In this case, he may call himself Moscatel de Setúbal. If less than 85% for the wine, but at least 67% Muscatel varieties he is only allowed to call himself Setúbal. For the remaining 33% but also a number of other white and red varieties permitted, mostly the wine is a blend of different vintages, in particularly good years, there is also one Vintage-Setúbal,
After this stemming the grapes are gently pressed. After a relatively short time fermentation in fermenting barrels or large concrete tanks, this is at a alcohol content of about 12% vol and residual sugar below 100 g / l Spriten with pure alcohol (Spirit of wine) aborted. The fermentation now stores at least six to 12 months with subsequent Press and Filter, The young wine is now aged in oak or mahogany casks in oxidative expansion continue. Some producers, such as Fonseca, are adding grapes at this stage in order to increase the fruitiness added. The loss caused by evaporation is replenished by wines of the same age. The usual for selected wines Torna Viagem is no longer common. The maturation lasts at least five to six years, for special qualities even 20 to 25 years. The younger wines are amber, the very old ones cognac with aromas after coffee. caramel and honey. The wines have one residual sugar to 90 g / l and an alcohol content of 18 to 20% vol. They are characterized by decades durability out.