At Lusowest we care about high quality wines and at all different price-points. We constantly search for the best wines we can find with quality being our driving focus. Our wines are sourced from small, quality conscious producers, and for the first time are being imported into the UK market exclusively by Lusowest.
Our Portuguese wine portfolio is most extensive and includes wines from various regions of Portugal. It is the most extensive one ever offered to the UK market at very competitive prices. Soon we will be able to offer a wide range of very high quality Portuguese Sparkling Wines as well some top Portuguese Liquors and Spirits.
Unlike some wines which are made up from a blend of different regions and countries, our wines are region specific, produced entirely from Portuguese casts - each producer using only grapes grown in their own vineyard. The Portuguese government insist on strict controls and so quality is assured. In addition to this they are all bottled in the traditional way using high quality Portuguese cork, as opposed to the now very common screw cap that is used by many wine producers.
Wine is produced in many countries but Portuguese wine is very famous today Portugal is nowadays a great, international wine success story. Portugal today falls in the top 10 wine producing countries. In the last 15 years, wine producers in Portugal have become extremely competitive in producing world-class wine and have won several international awards and accolades. A number are very well-rated by Parker and are widely written about in the international wine press. To put it in perspective, in the most recent Challenge International du Vin held in France, Portugal won 95 medals against Italy's 80.
Portugal in fact produces excellent wines and some specialized products: “vinho verde” (green wine), “muscatel” (desert wine) and “Madeira” (another sweet wine from the beautiful island of Madeira) are all fabulous, but still relatively unknown on the world stage. It was the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and the Romans who had introduced wine to Portugal.
It was during the Roman Empire that the vineyard culture in Portugal greatly developed. This lead to Portugal supplying its wines to Rome. And as wines grew more and more popular in Rome, the demand for Portugal wine slowly exceeded the wine production in Portugal.
At present, there are more than 500 native breeds in Portugal producing a large variety of wines, with a distinctive personality. It is the quality and specialty of its wines that has made Portugal an important player in wine production. The only parts of Portugal that cannot support viticulture are its highest mountain peaks. With 8% of its continental land dedicated to vineyards, Portugal is considered a traditional wine grower.
Today Portugal is famous for having the oldest appellation system in the world; there are two wine producing regions in Portugal that are protected by UNESCO as being World Heritage. These are the Douro Valley Wine Region and the Pico Island Wine Region.
Oz Clarke have mentioned in his book: "Portugal swims in a different tide, as modern as any country needs to be, as outrageously proud of its traditions, its potential, and its God-given duty to stand as a fiery beacon of individuality raging against the insidious ooze of globalization."
The Portuguese words for olive (azeitona) and for olive oil (azeite), have Arabic roots. Olive oil is the basic fat, and we are lucky with its higher than average quality. Portugal has had a long history of growing, cultivating, using and exporting olives and olive oil that dates back to the days of caravans and ancient trade routes. Now it is among the top producers and exporters of olives and olive oil and you will find olive groves and olive oil companies of great repute all over the country. It is as essential and as available as drinking water or wine.The international rule demands that extra-virgin oils may not contain more than one per cent oleic acid, but the exact content is usually not revealed. Portuguese producers can rightly brag about 0.5 or even 0.1 per cent acidity on the label. Some olive oils uses the 0,5 or 0.6 per cent for cooking and the 0.1 per cent or higher for flavouring. The flavor of olive oil differs due to various factors such as the variety of olive, the soil conditions, weather etc. Portugal is also one of the countries which produces good primary source of olive oil. Some olive oils may contain single variety of oils.
Recent statistical data point to Europe as the main source of olive oil, accounting to 93% of the world production of this exotic liquid. Greece, Spain and Turkey are the major producers of this cash crop. Portugal ranks 8th overall and has one of the finest quality olive oil products. The country is not only known as one of the best wine makers, its olive oil products are similarly prominent. Its olive groves found in the Moura regions, the Norte Alentejano the upper Douro as well as the Tras-os-Montes are often in close proximity with its vineyards.
As the warmest European country, Portugal enjoys the kind of climate that sustains olive and wine production.. With a more rationalized DOP or Designation of Origin system and more modern cultivation techniques that include greater farm mechanization, we can see Portugal maintaining the world-class quality of its Olive products and just might overtake the three countries earlier mentioned as the prime source of this product.
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