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Wine Knights World Congress Report Day 6 Alentejo (1)

June 1st (Friday) Sunny and cloudy

・The hotel is modern, and the amenities are also non-plastic, made of paper and wood

・The sun rises at 6:00 from the opposite bank of the wide Tagus River.

・8:30 start to Alentejo


Crossing the Vasco da Gama Bridge, which was built at the time of the 1998 Expo and connects Lisbon with Montijo on the opposite bank. This person pronounces it Vashko da Gama.

At a total length of 18km (17.2km to be precise), it is the longest bridge in Europe. The river is wide, but there are many shallows, and there are many boats collecting shellfish.

Surrounded by fields of cork oaks, many stripped trees.


Alentejano

・Area that occupies most of the southern part of Portugal. Today, it is a producer of excellent red wine.

・Vineyards are planted in 5% of the area, and many of them are cork oak forests. World's leading cork producer. They sold a lot of cork souvenirs.

・DO is one of Alentejo

・There are 8 subregions. Eight DO subregions are scattered as Alentejo in the vast VR Antegiano area.

・Clay amphora has been traditionally brewed here for more than 2000 years, and those who meet the regulations call themselves Vinho de Talha.

・The medals of the Knights of Alentejo are in the shape of this amphora. Vertically split amphora

So I also use it as a tastovan. The toast of the inauguration ceremony was to drink wine at this Dastvan.



・Evora

Evora is one of the eight sub-regions in the heart of the Arlentage, a rolling plain called the Fracinies.

・Castle Muralhas surround and protect the city. A fine stone aqueduct draws water from the nearby Fort Antonio.

・The University of Évora is famous as a city of science and art in the Renaissance period.

・September 1584 After Lisbon, the Tensho Mission to Europe left Évora and stayed for eight days, staying at the Epicto Santo Institute. It is said that he heard or played the cathedral's pipe organ. The townspeople don't know much about this story. They then meet the Pope in Rome.

・Alentejo's ordination ceremony at Loios church with beautiful tiles and azulejos, Chairman Kinoshita was honored as a representative of the Japanese Order of Wine.

・Commemorative photo in front of the Roman temple of Diana opposite the church

・Parade through the old town to the seminar venue. This is a publicity facility for Alentejo wine.

・Alentejo wine and finger food service available.

・It is interesting that there are many rosé wines.


・Meet castella. This is probably the head family.

・Pre-seminar wine tasting

・2022 VR Allentegiano Marc Viva Rosa Adega Relonde

 Light pink, almost blush type, people in Alentejo said Syrah, but I don't think so.

・2022 EA Blanco Cartaxa VR Alentejano

Seminar

・Start from history properly. Wine started in the Roman era in the 2nd century BC.

In 600-800 AD, Islam occupied the wine market.

Resurrection to Christianity in the 1000s, resumption of wine, 1143 Portugal established

Phylloxera in the 1860s became popular in Portugal about 25 years later. 25 years was good as if I worked hard.

Restored to 20,000ha in 1898

1950-70 Alentejo becomes union center.

Create Alentejo standard from 1977

Selection of 5 grape varieties as DO in 1988.

1992 VR Alentejo

Became DO in 1998

Transition to EU regulations in 2010

Production decline 2016-2019

Revived from 2020


The Alentejo is Unique by Nature

Famous for its amphora Talha wine.

I entered DO in 2010. Japan imports 20%. 107,000 produced. 72% DO, 28% VR. But 3.5% of Portugal as a whole

Average elevation of 650m (up to 1000m there is a mountain side close to Spain)

Six Soils


Red: Aragones (Tinta Roris, Tempranillo) 22.6%

Alint 19%

Alicante Pooch Syrah 12.1%

Touriga National and more

White: Arint 26.6%

Antaon Verse

Loreiro

Fernampies

We also focus on sustainability programs. Use WASP

Have the end-users cooperate as participants, not as beneficiaries. 598 makers, 56% are participating.

・Wine Turismo is also doing its best. Conducted by 75 wineries. This facility in this town is the center.


Parade through the old town from here to the bus



Grape Knight

Tomihiko Asada

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