Portuguese sparkling wines accomplish international awards
19 January 16
Three Portuguese sparkling wines were awarded in the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016
The third edition of the competition 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World distinguished three Portuguese sparkling wines. The wine Távora-Varosa Sparkling Brut Reserva 2010 from Casca Wines won a gold medal with 96 points. The two silver medals were attributed to the wines Luiz Costa 2013 (92 points) from Bairrada wine region and QM Alvarinho Super Reserva 2011 (90 points) Vinhos Verdes wine region. Close on 100 sparkling wines were entered from diverse terroirs and countries such as: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa and Spain. A team of experienced wine tasters reviewed sparkling wines from around the world in blind tastings and evaluated them according with body, colour, clarity and bubbles. "Quality was high", all of the Sparkling wines included in this competition have scored at least 89 points. The edition dedicates special focus to the wineries and compiled a one page article on all of the participating wineries covering family history, winery philosophy, grape varieties, location and wine tourism options. The Portuguese wineries Casca Wines, Caves São João e Quintas de Melgaço are part of the list. Read the full list here.