The ViniPortugal competition had attracted some 1,070 wines from across mainland and archipelago Portugal with Monteiro adding that 80 percent of the wines gained the kind of classification worthy of medals even if only 25 percent or 280 wines of that total received any official recognition.
The wine specialist explained that due to the high quality levels, the competition had done away with bronze medals to hand out more silver medals.
The Dão region Quinta das Marias Touriga Nacional Reserva, produced by Peter Eckert, was the outright winner in the single caste wine section with the Rozés Porto Tawny 40 years winning the fortified wine category.
Meanwhile, the Alentejo produced Terras d’Alter Reserva won the 2014 award in the mixed cast wine category.
The wines, representing a sector that generated €725 million in exports last year, were judged by 100 specialists including 25 international judges.
Source: Portugal News
Why Portugal is high on a wine lover’s list
People often ask me to name my favorite wine countries. I like to surprise them by putting Portugal high on the list.
I love Portugal because it offers tremendous value and variety, with wines that you won’t find anywhere else. And the Douro Valley, the region famous for those fortified ports and its stunningly beautiful landscape, leads the way.