Search Results: Alentejo

Review: Wines of Portugal’s Alentejo, Winter 2024 Releases

By Rob Theakston | February 4, 2024 |

One of our favorite places to revisit and explore is the southern Alentejo (ah-len-tay-zhoo) region of Portugal. Renowned for its versatility, the region cultivates over 250 varietals across a range of climates and altitudes. It is also a very budget-flexible region, offering something suitable at a wide range of price points. Before adjourning for the…

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Review: White Wines of Portugal’s Alentejo, Summer 2022 Releases

By Rob Theakston | July 11, 2022 |

As I write this review longhand during a summer heatwave-induced power blackout, it is quite uncomfortable outside. The heat index surpassed triple digits before noon, humidity is swamp thick, and there is zero sign of relief until well into the evening hours. I’m sure this is a scene familiar to many, and it is another…

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Review: 2019 Quinta de Fonte Souto Branco Alentejo DOC

By Christopher Null | September 28, 2021 |

This is our third round (and the third ever vintage) of Symington’s Quinta da Fonte Souto, a white blend (75% arinto and 25% verdelho) from the Alentejo region in southern Portugal.  it has taken its first steps into southern Portugal. It remains an expressive and particularly food-friendly wine, this year offering a bolder melon note…

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Review: Wines of Portugal’s Alentejo, 2021 Releases

By Christopher Null | August 23, 2021 |

We’ve ventured into Portugal’s southern Alentejo region a few times before and remarked how it’s a solid area that produces a great range of wine styles — over 250 indigenous grape varieties can be found here — invariably at affordable prices. Representatives for the region recently sent us a quartet of wines representing the state…

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Review: Red Wines of Alentejo, Portugal, 2021 Releases

By Christopher Null | February 21, 2021 |

With over 250 indigenous grape varieties, Portugal has the highest density of native grapes of any country in the world. And while Portugal is largely known for its supple Ports and zippy white wines, there are plenty of delightful red table wines made here as well, particularly in the sunny Alentejo region that dominates the…

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Review: 2018 Quinta de Fonte Souto Branco Alentejo DOC

By Christopher Null | September 26, 2020 |

Symington is well known for its Port holdings, and with Quinta da Fonte Souto it has taken its first steps into southern Portugal. We reviewed its first vintage, from 2017, last year. Now we’re back with a look at the 2018 white wine from this Alentejo-based operation. Again made from a blend of 75% arinto…

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Review: Wines of Portugal’s Alentejo Region

By Christopher Null | April 27, 2013 |

The Portuguese don’t sit around sipping Vintage Port all day. For everyday drinking, they turn to some simple and very affordable wines. Increasingly, these wines have been coming to the U.S., letting us discover new grapes, like Antao Vaz, and new regions, like Alentejo, where these three wines hail from. Alentejo covers most of the…

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Review: 2018 Quinta de Fonte Souto Alicante Bouschet DOC

By Christopher Null | November 30, 2023 |

We’ve covered Symington’s Quinta da Fonte Souto white blend on several occasions, but never its red: this alicante bouschet is a signature variety of southern Portugal’s Alentejo region. These grapes are grown at Symington’s 511-acre Quinta da Fonte Souto estate in Portalegre. The resulting wine is dark purple, completely opaque — perhaps best thought of…

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Review: Four Portuguese Wines from Quinta do Ameal and Quinta dos Murcas, 2021 Releases

By Christopher Null | July 19, 2021 |

José Luis Moreira da Silva — familiarly known as “Zé Luis”  — is the colorful winemaker behind two Portuguese brands, one made in the northern Vinho Verde region, one hailing from the southern Alentejo. On a recent Zoom tasting, Ze Luis walked us through the vastly different terroir and winemaking processes involved with these four…

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Review: 2017 Quinta da Fonte Souto Branco and Tinto

By Christopher Null | December 7, 2019 |

Quinta da Fonte Souto is another Portuguese table wine brand from the Portmeisters at Symington. These 2017 releases include one red and one white, both blends. (The two on the right pictured above are reviewed below.) 2017 Quinta da Fonte Souto Branco White Alentejo DOC – This blend of 75% arinto and 25% verdelho comes…

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