Baía de Tróia Castelão 2017

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Vinho Regional Península de Setúbal

Portugal’s Tróia Peninsula has a winemaking tradition dating back thousands of years, when the Romans settled the area between the first and sixth centuries. Today, Tróia is part of the larger Península de Setúbal wine region, but its ancient viticultural history lives on in local memory – and in this gorgeous red.

Baía de Tróia hails from the award-winning Casa Ermelinda Freitas estate, led by the pioneering Leonor Freitas. She’s one of the top names in Portuguese wine – the government even awarded her the title of Comendadora (aka knighthood) for her service to the wine industry.

When Leonor asked head winemaker Jaime Quendera to craft a tribute red, he turned to Castelão, the oldest grape variety in Península de Setúbal, known for yielding luscious, concentrated reds. Eight months in fine oak barrels completed the recipe, and added toasty spice notes to the intense, dark-fruit flavors.

As you pour for guests, be sure to point out the Roman coin on the label – a nod to Baía de Tróia’s historic roots. At meal time, this will shine with spicy sausages, steak, or even hearty vegetarian stews.

Rich history and even richer flavor – secure your share of this top-estate Portuguese red today.