The Winemaker & His Land
In his own words Amilcar Salgado makes wines that are “rustic and sophisticated, like Trás-os-Montes” or “The Place Beyond the Mountains”. This region is just on the tip of the Upper Douro Valley. The soil is granitic and vines are not irrigated. He explains that the climate is the unique intersection of mediterranean and continental which is able to produce wines with the power of the Douro Valley but the finesse of the mountains; a stunning combination!
Padrao dos Povos Tasting Notes: A true field blend of many grapes planted in a single vineyard. Foot stomped in granite "lagares". Bold, rustic and juicy. Think black olives, herbs, mineral.
Grapes: Tinta Amarela, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Bastardo
Wine Region: Trás-os-Montes
Pairings: Beef, stews, eggplant dishes, BBQ, a good red for sardines on the grill
My visit to Amilcar's vineyard and winery, Quinta de Arcosso
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