What a blind tasting! Only 2 out of 33 wines were refused. All the whites and rosés were in The People´s Wine Guide 2014. Beira Interior old vines and 700m altitude are the base of beautiful and fresh, fleshy inexpensive superior wines. For many decades, several majors, such as Sogrape or Aliança, have their bigger bulk suppliers amongst the coops of Beira Interior. The new drive is direct investment of big people, predicting future big things. True: since last year I was appointed chairman of Beira Interior regional wine challenge. But blind is blind. Do not be blind yourself:  amazing discovery.

What do u need to know: continental terroir, 16000 ha of vines, 40 producers, 4 million litres of certified IG Terras da Beira & DO Beira Interior wines. Main white varieties: Síria, Fonte Cal, Arinto, Rabo de Ovelha. Main red varieties: Aragonez, Rufete, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Trincadeira.

Visited and most recommended wine restaurants: A Colmeia (surroundings of Guarda), Aquáriu’s (Guarda).

Sobre Aníbal Coutinho

Anibal Coutinho lives in Lisboa and he is a Portuguese independent wine commentator. For the first time ever a well known Portuguese professional is writing in English about Portuguese wines. Using the letter W for his wine philosophy, Anibal shares his passionate view as a wine consumer, winemaker, wine writer, wine voyeur, wine bullshitter, wine buyer, wine educator, wine judge and amateur sommelier. He has a MSc and an ongoing PhD in Sensory Analysis. He will also share his passion about other W liquids. Anibal sings in the Gulbenkian Choir. Last but not least he is a devoted husband and father.
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