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A Glimpse into the Future of Wines of Portugal 

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NEW YORK, NY, July 7, 2022 Viticulture on the modern-day Iberian Peninsula dates back  over 4,000 years, and Portugal’s ever-evolving viticultural scene is a testament to the area’s  adaptability. As concerns surrounding climate change continue to unsettle wine-producing areas  around the globe, Portugal continues to effortlessly adjust, thanks to the country’s resilient  winemakers, forward-thinking farmers, and innovative hands in the cellar. Frederico Falcão,  President of ViniPortugal, shares a glimpse into the future of Portuguese wine—as well as what  to look out for—here.  

Farming for the Future 

Although the wine industry is seeing a global trend towards sustainable wine production, Falcão says that this isn’t necessarily anything new for the ancient wine-producing regions of Portugal.  However, according to Falcão, many Portuguese producers are taking their efforts a step further  by installing solar panels, irrigating less, and using fewer chemicals in the vineyard. By limiting  the use of natural resources—as well as encouraging the implementation of organic and  chemical-free farming—Portugal will continue to put itself on the map as one of the world’s most  sustainable wine-producing countries.  

Resurgence of Indigenous Grape Varieties  

Additionally, Portugal’s viticultural scene is returning to its roots – quite literally speaking. Falcão explains that over the past three decades, Portuguese winemakers were focused on a handful  of grape varieties. However, the country has been seeing a massive shift in the resurgence of  ancient varieties. “Portugal has a unique collection of native grape varieties, over 250,” Falcão explains, crediting the shift towards a desire for more diverse wines, as well as the need for  drought-resistant raw materials given the extreme climate conditions that farmers are faced with  in the present day. “Portugal has a huge number of grape varieties that can help us to face  climate change,” Falcão affirms.  

Native Portuguese varieties to look for: Arinto (white), Loureiro (white), Trincadeira (white),  Encruzado (white), Sercial (white), Baga (red), Touriga Nacional (red), Vinhão (red) 

Regions to Watch 

Rather than simply looking at Portugal as a singular wine-producing entity, diving into the  country’s unique viticultural regions provides a diverse glimpse into the future of Portuguese  winemaking. According to Falcão, each Portuguese region is presenting new styles of wines  with old varieties, as well as is currently putting out wines that are elegant and easy to drink. 

“Portugal is really a world of difference, a world of diversity,” he says. “We have so many  different regions, soils, climates and grapes – it’s not one grape and one style, rather a huge  diversity to be explored.”  

Comprehensive reference of Portugal’s viticultural regions: Minho (Vinho Verde), Douro, Trás os-Montes, Távora- Varosa, Beira Interior, Dão, Bairrada, Lisboa, Tejo, Península de Setúbal,  Alentejo, Algarve, Madeira and Açores. 

Falcão notes that for consumers growing tired of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay (or  equally, for those who can’t get enough of them), Portugal is “definitely the country to explore,”  thanks to its countless indigenous grape varieties and broad styles of winemaking.

About Wines of Portugal 

ViniPortugal is a private and non-profit interprofessional association, created with the aim of  promoting and supporting Portuguese wine production, both domestically and internationally.  ViniPortugal’s Mission is to promote the image of Portugal as a country that produces wines of  excellence, by valuing the brand Wines of Portugal and contributing to a sustainable growth of  both volume and average price of Portuguese wine, as well as its diversity. Eight professional  associations representing trade (ACIBEV, ANCEVE and AND), production (CAP, FENADEGAS,  FENAVI and FEVIPOR) and demarcated regions (ANDOVI), integrate ViniPortugal.  

For more information about Wines of Portugal, please visit www.winesofportugal.com.

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