Participants will taste grape varieties old and new, ranging from wines made in Talha (the amphoras that were introduced to the Alentejo in Roman times), or foot-trodden in marble lagares, all the way to wines aged in the finest French oak. They will travel from Portalegre in the Alentejo’s green and mountainous north to the dusty rolling plains of Granja-Amareleja and Beja in the south. Diversity is the watchword. Selected PGI and PDO wines made from indigenous grape varieties, extra virgin Portuguese olive oils and Mediterranean snacks (petiscos) will be served byTaberna do Mercado.
Two masterclasses will be held on this day – for trade and press only. For those who won’t have time to attend one of the master classes, there will be a free-pour tasting from 11 am – 9 pm in the outside seating area at Taberno do Mercado. In the evening until 9 pm, Wines of Alentejo and Casa do Azeite open the doors for a real ‘Tasca feeling’ with Portuguese music and petiscos, along with a casual tasting of Alentejo wines and Portuguese olive oils.
Sarah Ahmed, expert on Portuguese wines – www.thewinedetective.co.uk – presents selected PGI and PDO wines from the Alentejo region.
Teresa Zacarias from Casa do Azeite in Lisbon will be supporting the masterclasses, showing extra virgin olive oils from Portugal.
Portuguese star chef Nuno Mendes (Taberna do Mercado) and his team will be serving petiscos (little Portuguese canapés) during the 1st and 2nd part.
Registration required: by 22nd June, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday 26 June 2017
Two master classes (same content) to choose from:
Morning session: 11 am –12.30 pm
Afternoon session: 2 pm – 3.30 pm
Open tasting: 11 am – 9 pm
Registration required for all sessions!
Nuno Mendes’s Taberna do Mercado
107B Commercial St.,
Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6BG
Wines from more than 30 Alentejano estates will be presented at the open-pour tasting:
ACV Vinhos de Talha
Adega de Borba
Adega José de Sousa
Anta de Cima
Cartuxa – Fundação Eugénio de Almeida
Casa Agricola HMR
Casa Santos Jorge
Cooperativa Granja Amareleja
Cortes de Cima
Herdade da Ajuda Nova
Herdade da Farizoa – Companhia das Quintas
Herdade da Malhadinha Nova
Herdade da Maroteira
Herdade da Mingorra
Herdade do Perdigão
Herdade do Rocim
Herdade do Sobroso
Herdade do Vau
Herdade dos Grous
Herdade Paço do Conde
Herdade São Miguel
João M. Barbosa Vinhos
João Portugal Ramos
Joaquim Costa Vargas
Monte da Capela
Monte do Pintor
Quinta do Mouro
Reynolds Wine Growers
Rosa Santos Família-Vinhos
Sogrape / Herdade do Peso
Terras de Alter
Torre do Frade
CVRA – Comissão Vitivinícola Regional Alentejana – Alentejo Regional Wine Commission
The Alentejo Wine Commission was founded in 1989 as a private interprofessional organisation serving public goals. It defines the strategic guidelines for the region along with guidelines concerning viticulture and wine production. The commission’s goal is the maintenance, marketing and protection of the designations of origin DOC Alentejo and Alentejano Regional (IG). The CVRA constitutes the certification authority for all wines from the Alentejo. All wines that are certified by the CVRA carry a quality seal integrated into their back labels.
Casa do Azeite
‘Casa do Azeite’, the Portuguese olive oil producers’ association, is a private organisation that promotes the interests of its members. The group’s mission is to support olive oil producers and bottlers, and to enhance the image of fine quality Portuguese olive oil. The association brings quality olive oils and consumers together.