People who love wine or European Wine Bloggers Unite!

Prowein 2009

I have just returned to a verdant spring vineyard, following a busy 3 days at Prowein, Dusseldorf. Prowein is the only annual intl. wine trade where we exhibit our wines. Forget the crowds and long weary days of Vinexpo or London Wine Trade Fair! Prowein, is our venue of choice – a compact, no nonsense trade fair – in true German fashion!

For us, it is a great chance to meet and talk to distributors from Northern Europe, like VIF (Germany), Martel (Switzerland), HJHansen (Denmark), VinUnic (Sweden), Partners in Wijn (Holland), and the most recent Fondberg (Norway). Occasionally, we even meet up with importers from further afield, such as TriVin (New York), or make a new contact for E. Europe or Asia.
Prowein this year, was also a good opportunity for us to measure the effect the global economic crisis is having on our export markets. We gauged a mood of cautious optimism, and continued interest in our own well established brands, such as Chaminé and Cortes de Cima, “who can deliver value and punch above their price point. ”
The view emerged that the “crisis might actually be good for the wine trade, as it would sweep away overpriced wines and bargain-basement brands. “Hopefully it will go back to being about people who love wine, rather than people who thought they could make a fast buck.”"

People who love wine“, would be an appropriate synonym for the upcoming 2nd European Wine Bloggers Conference, which is being planned for Lisbon October 30- November 2, 2009. As the announcement came while we were at Prowein, I quickly tracked down our fellow Iberian Winery Bloggers whom I knew were also exhibiting there – Emilio Saez Van Eerd,(Casavide), Javier Navarro (Tintoralba) and Claudia and Oscar Quevedo, so we could celebrate the good news together! If you are interested in wine blogging, this is the event for you!

First vineyard leaves

3 comments on “People who love wine or European Wine Bloggers Unite!

  1. Hi Carrie! Good to see you're back and okay. I have something to confess: at the last day of Prowein, after the closing bell had rung, I went to your stand and grabbed some Incognito from the opened bottled on the table and brought it to our stand to enjoy the last minutes of Prowein. The bottle itself was the unique witness…!

  2. Hi Carrie, sorry for my late reply. It was a pleasure meeting you at prowein. Will you be at Vinexpo as well?

  3. No, Emilio, we stopped participating at Vinexpo many years ago, as we found it too oriented to Bordeaux and French wines, and not international enough. We also found it too time consuming (a whole week!), crowded, hot (impossible to cool the wines, or taste them as the aircon broke down in our pavillion!), got tired of the traffic jams in the morning and evening, difficulty of finding a hotel bed or a place to eat at night – need I go on?

    Prowein is our favorite international wine fair, economic, efficient and everything functions like clockwork!

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Alvarinho

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A 100% Alvarinho produced exclusively from grapes grown at our new coastal vineyards near Vila Nova de Milfontes on the Alentejan coast, 3 km from the Atlantic Ocean.

Cortes de Cima Rosé

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Crafted from pressing and fermenting early picked Aragonez (Tempranillo) and Merlot together, it is all about delicacy and lightness.

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Pinot Noir

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A 100% Pinot Noir produced exclusively from grapes grown at our new coastal vineyards near Vila Nova de Milfontes on the Alentejan coast, 3 km from the Atlantic Ocean.

Courela

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Fresh, light bodied and easy drinking. With intense ruby colours and attractive ripe berry character. A fresh and young wine that is ready for immediate drinking.

The name Courela originates from one of our vineyard plots – Courela dos Pageis, and translates as ‘a strip of cultivated land’.

Chaminé Tinto

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This is our most popular wine, boasting a consistent track record. A juicy, ripe, easy drinking wine, bottled early, usually within 6 months of harvest time and without any oak ageing. Best drunk young, but will improve with short term cellaring. Mainly Aragonez (Tempranillo) and Syrah, blended with other Portuguese varieties.

The name Chaminé (pronounced: sha-min-E; translation: chimney) originates from one of our vineyard plots – Chaminé de Gião

Cortes de Cima Tinto

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Our flagship wine. Full bodied blend with ripe, silky tannins.

Syrah

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Ripe rich fruit with some earth and spice.
In 1991, we were the first ones to plant Syrah in the Alentejo, choosing rootstock from southern Rhone clones. Today, our range consists of 3 different 100% Syrah varietals.

Aragonez

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Outstanding tannins with aromas of red berry fruits.

Known as Tempranillo in Spain, and Tinta Roriz in the north of Portugal. Always an elegant wine, it has richness with structure and outstanding tannins, which impart a good ageing ability.


Trincadeira

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One of the more common indigenous varieties in Southern Portugal, characterized by fruit, and low tannins.


Petit Verdot

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Intense concentration, strong tannins, aromatic complexity with a refreshing natural acidity.

One of the ‘noble’ Bordeaux varieties. A late ripener, it is better suited for warmer climates, like Alentejo, where it can reach a good maturity, resulting in wines of intense concentration and color, strong tannins and aromatic complexity, while maintaining it’s freshness, thanks to it’ s ability to maintain it’s natural acidity.


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Homenagem a Hans Christian Andersen

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A special commemorative 100% Syrah launched for the bicentennial of the Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. Elegant with a soft, long finish.

In 1991, we were the first ones to plant Syrah in the Alentejo, choosing rootstock from southern Rhone clones. Today, our range consists of 3 different 100% Syrah varietals. Starting with the entry level is our popular ‘Cortes de Cima Syrah’, which is bottled every vintage. Next, we move up a notch both in concentration and quality, to the mid-level range – ‘Homenagem a Hans Christian Andersen’, bottled in most vintages. We culminate at the top, with our reserve quality labeling, the iconic ‘Incógnito’, only bottled in exceptional years.


Touriga Nacional

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Lifted violet and dark berry fruit aromatics, elegant intense and long palate.

Best known as one of the 5 main varieties used for Port wine, further south here in the Alentejo it’s fruit develops a highly floral and aromatic character. It is a low producer, with both small bunches and berries.

Previous vintages have won numerous gold medals and trophies, including IWC Best Portuguese Red Trophy (2005), IWC Touriga Trophy (2003), and the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wine List (2002).


Incógnito

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Bold, superb balance and sumptuous finish. The mystery name refers to a time when Syrah was not permitted in Alentejo.


Reserva

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The top of the range, made only in exceptional years. Complex layers of fruit, long on the palate with solid tannins.

This is the star of our range, only produced in limited quantities and in exceptional years. A full bodied blend of Aragonez, Syrah and other Portuguese varieties, barrel aged for 12 months in new oak barrels. The wine is finely structured, with a feeling of restrained power.

Previous vintages have always scored +90 Parker Points.


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