- Published on Thursday, 22 November 2012 14:56
- Written by Carol Emmas
The JP Ramos has recognised consumer growing demand for a lighter, fresher style of white wine, which is lower in alcohol. As a result, it installed a new winery in the region and is managing vineyards in the Monção as well as Ponte de Lima areas.
Made from 100% Albariño grapes, the Tercius Alvarinho (rrp £9.99) is part of a new venture and is the epitome of the Vinho Verde style.
The demarcated region of Vinho Verde is in the north west of Portugal and has a mild climate influenced by its proximity to the Atlantic. The 35,000ha of vineyards are grown on mostly granitic soils. Fifty-two different grape varieties are permitted, with many of the top wines being 100% Albariño.
Its Portuguese red, F’OZ Vinho Regional (rrp £9.99), is from the Alentejo,has been developed exclusively for Waitrose and is a blend of Aragonez and Trincadeira. The specially selected grapes are grown on the JP Ramos estate in Estremoz.
F’OZ, which means estuary in Portuguese, is a tribute to the rivers of Portugal present in the regions where JP Ramos produces wines, such as the Guadiana (Alentejo), Mondego (Beiras), Douro (Douro), Tagus (Tejo) and Minho (Vinho Verde) rivers. The combination of schist and limestone clay soils in the Alentejo, together with a climate that is largely continental, make for unusually consistent harvests and ideal conditions for exceptional quality wine growing.
Ramos said: "It’s very exciting for us to expand our range with our Albariño in Marks & Spencer. We are really enthusiastic about our new project in the Vinho Verde region as we feel now is the time to make everyone realise the potential of Portuguese white wines, which are constantly improving with modern winemaking techniques."
He added that his vision is also to produce some of the best modern wines in Portugal from the very heart of the Alentejo region. "We are delighted to be able to apply this philosophy to creating a wine for Waitrose. We use a mixture of modern and traditional winemaking techniques, which gives fruit-forward wines with lots of character such as the F’OZ."