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REGIONS COLLECTION

The Regions Collection presents wines of great character. Each wine is a glimmer of its region.


Wines made to surprise consumers who want to know the different characteristics and the details of each Portuguese wine region. Fruit of the experts’ knowledge about the wine production in the different Portuguese regions and terroirs, our brand is made from the best grapes and the best blends. Modern wines that show the diversity of the Portuguese vineyards, Vinha Maria goes through the map of the national wines and varieties: from the mountains to the sea, through the fields and the different Portuguese landscapes.

VINHO VERDE

"Vinho Verde" Demarcated Region occupies the entire northwest of Portugal, area traditionally known as entre-douro-e-minho.


The region
it’s bordered, on the North, by the Minho River, which is also part of the
border with Spain; on the south by the river Douro and the Freita, Arada, and
Montemuro mountains; on to the East by the Peneda, Gerês, Cabreira and Marão
mountains; and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the largest Portuguese
Demarcated Region and one of the Europe largest. The region – with Atlantic
influence, most soils of granite origin, mild climate, and high precipitation -
has excellent conditions for white wines, sparkling wines, and spirits
production. The wines produced where are fresh, smooth and elegant. The region
was divided into nine sub-regions, according to its different soils and
microclimates: Amarante, Ave, Baião, Basto, Cávado, Lima, Monção and Melgaço,
Paiva, Sousa. Many of the grape varieties produced in the Vinho Verde Region
are considered indigenous due to their long history in the region and because
they appeared only in the Iberian Northwest. The main white varieties are
Alvarinho, Arinto, Avesso, Azal, Loureiro, and Trajadura. The main region red
varieties are Espadeiro, Badeiro, and Vinhão.

LISBOA

The Lisboa region - once known as "Estremadura" - has a long history in the Portuguese viticulture. In this region, we find, mainly, the Portuguese traditional grape varieties and the most well-known international varieties.


Lisboa
region, with its variety of reliefs and microclimates gathered in small areas,
produces a wide variety of wines. Located in the northwest of Lisbon, in an
area of approximately 40 km, the region has a temperate climate, cool summers
and mild winters, result of the Atlantic influence. The Region has nine Origin
Denominations: Colares, Carcavelos and Bucelas (in the south area, near
Lisbon), Alenquer, Arruda, Torres Vedras, Lourinhã and Óbidos (in the region’s
center) and Encostas d'Aire (on the north, near to the Beiras region). The soil
constitution is very diverse, varying from brown or red calcareous soils to
fine sandstones ones. Vegetation in the region’s northern part is similar to
the Central Europe ones, while at the southern end the vegetation has
Mediterranean characteristics.

DOURO

Bordered by Douro River, the Douro region produces wines - among which, the world-famous Port Wine - for more than 2,000 years.


With about
250,000 Ha, vineyards occupy near 18% of the region area. Surrounded by
mountains, Douro has its own climatical characteristics. The soils are mainly
composed by “Xisto-Grauváquico” although there are also granitic solos in some
areas. This region soils are especially hard to work, not only because of their
composition but also because of the steep terrain slope. However, these soils
are good for the vine’s longevity, allowing musts with more concentration of
sugar and color. The man transformed, with their work, the Douro hostile soils
into vines, creating three distinct forms of planting: in the typical terraces
(in Portuguese, “socalcos”), on levels and elevated. Terraces are common in
steep slopes' areas and resemble balconies divided by shale walls. The levels
are also made creating balconies, but without walls to stop the lands. The
elevated plantation contemplates the lands drainage and the necessary space for
the machine’s intervention and circulation on the vineyards. The Douro
vineyards range from the top of the deep valleys to the river bank, creating a
unique landscape recognized by UNESCO, in 2001, as World Heritage. This
splendid scenery combines with the excellence of the wines produced in the
three Douro sub-regions: on the west “Baixo Corgo”, on the center “Cima Corgo”
and on the east, the “Douro Superior”. The region climate – located in deep
valleys, sheltered by mountains - is strongly influenced by Marão and Montemuro
mountains, which protect the area from the west’ humid winds. The very cold winters
and the very hot and dry summers are distinctive from this region. The
Demarcated Region of Douro divides itself in the Low Corgo (on the west), Cima
Corgo (on the center) and Upper Douro (on the east).

Dão

Dão Demarcated Region was created in 1908. Known as the "Portuguese burgundy", Dão region, in the center of Portugal (at "Beira Alta" province) was the first demarcated region of non-liqueur wines of the country.


With about 20,000 vineyard hectares, on approximately
376,000 hectares of land, Dão Region extends through Coimbra (Arganil, Oliveira
do Hospital, Tábua), Guarda (Aguiar da Beira, Fornos de Algodres, Gouveia and
Seia) and Viseu (Carregal do Sal, Mangualde, Mortágua, Nelas, Penalva do
Castelo, Santa Comba Dão, Sátão, Tondela and an area of Viseu). The main region characteristics are
the rugged terrain, the soil predominantly granitic, with a unique terroir, and
a large thermal amplitude. Dão wines, which pair perfectly with the local
gastronomy, have an exceptional acidity, complexity and delicate aromas. These
wine's character, balance and elegance, and the aging potential distinguish
them from all the others. The main Dão varieties are Touriga Nacional and
Encruzado. Touriga Nacional is the noblest variety: wines made of these grapes
have good alcoholic content, noble tannins, and intense aromas, are
full-bodied, and great aging potential. Encruzado variety is the noblest of
white varieties: its wines have good alcoholic content, complex aromas, are
fresh and dry.

ALENTEJO

Alentejo is one of the largest wine-growing Portuguese regions, with about 22,000 hectares of vineyards. This region - made of large plains, with hot and dry climate - produces great wines with national and international recognition.


The area of Portalegre stands out in Alentejo region because it benefits from Serra de São Mamede influence. Here, vineyards are planted on the mountain steep and granitic slopes, enjoying a microclimate (the altitude makes the temperatures lower). Soils are very heterogeneous - composed of clay, granite, limestone or shale - but not very fertile. The region is divided into eight sub-regions of "Denominação de Origem Alentejana" (Denomination of Alentejo Origin): Reguengos, Borba, Redondo, Vidigueira, Évora, Granja-Amareleja, Portalegre and Moura. Alentejo has a great diversity of varieties, but the most important are Roupeiro, Antão Vaz and Arinto. Trincadeira, Aragonez, Castelão and Alicante Bouschet (a French variety adapted to the Alentejo's terroir) are also very important red varieties. White Alentejo' wines are usually smooth, slightly acidic, with tropical fruits aromas. Reds are full-bodied, tannin-rich, with wild and red fruits aromas.