LISBON WINE TASTING
The Lisbon wine region is a coastal strip about 25km wide and 125km long with a fine climate moderated by oceanic influence. The average rainfall is 75cm/29" annually with an average "Heat Summation" of 2900 degree days "F" or 1610"C", identical to the Napa Valley of California, and similarly positioned on parallel 39. The soils are predominantly granitic with high magnesium near the coast, and calcarious with high lime content on the hilly inland edge of the region, similar to the east and west banks of Bordeaux, suggesting Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot should perform well in selective locations of this region.
Lisboa is known for some rare wines from Colares and Bucelas, which unfortunately are becoming extinct from urban sprawl antagonism. The designation "Vinho Regional" is fast becoming world renown for its red wines made from Aragones (Tempranillo), and the Portuguese nobel variety Touring Nacional. Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon have made their debut and continue gaining footprint in the region.
Please enjoy wine responsibly