Wine Enthusiast, a prestigious American magazine, considers 9 Portuguese wines in the 2013 Top 100 Cellar Selections.
After several Portuguese wines were featured in the Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Best Buy, the magazine included 9 Portuguese wines in the Top 100 Cellar Selections 2013. The wines featured are essentially Port wines (5); 2 from Douro and another 2 from Dão. Portugal was the fourth country with more wines in the list, behind France, USA and Italy. This distinction creates a buzz about Portuguese wine especially in consumers and opinion makers. Featured in the Wine Enthusiast’s Top Cellar Selection are: Quinta do Noval 2011 Nacional Vintage Port in first place with 100 points, followed by Taylor Flagdate 2011 Vintage Port in 10th place with 97 points, Quinta do Vesúvio 2011 Capela Vintage Port in 15th place with 98 points, Wine & Soul 2009 Pintas Character in 19th place with 95 points, Warre’s 2011 Vintage Port in 25th place with 96 points, Niepoort 2011 Vintage Port in 31th place with 95 points, Passarela 2009 Casa da Passarela O Oenólogo Vinhas Velhas Red in 42th place with 94 points, Quinta da Romaneira 2009 Reserva in 76th place with 94 points and Sogrape 2009 Quinta dos Carvalhais in 89th place with 94 points. Jorge Monteiro, ViniPortugal CEO, “Portuguese wines have been well-received by wine critics and that’s a very positive fact. This is an example to prove that Port wines and Portuguese table wines can benefit with all in one international promotion events. Sometimes Port wine may catch the consumer’s attention and other times could be the table wines. USA is the 4th export market for Portuguese wines and in 2012 has increased 8,4% in terms of value. Also, USA collects the main investment in the Portuguese wine international promotion.”