Vinicom ensures distribution of Howard’s Folly

Vinicom ensures from now on the exclusive representation in the national market of wines from producer Howard’s Folly. With the addition of Howard’s Folly to our portfolio, Vinicom expands the range of Alentejo producers where we already had the Bojador and Tangente projects.

For Duarte Sousa Coutinho, commercial director at Vinicom, «the Alentejo region has a very consolidated reputation in the national and foreign markets and has been able to reinvent itself and present new projects such as Howard’s Folly. We’re excited to have a producer with the profile and positioning of Howard’s Folly and whose potential for growth in sales and awareness is huge.”

Howard’s Folly was created in 2002 by the British businessman and art collector Howard Bilton and the Australian David Baverstock, an unavoidable name in winemaking in Portugal where he has worked in companies such as Esporão, Symington Family Estates, Quinta do Crasto or Ravasqueira. Although the winery is located in the city of Estremoz, the vineyards are located in the Portalegre area, where they benefit from the freshness of the Serra de São Mamede.

Howard’s Folly is committed to the production of small batches of premium wines based on old vines of varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira, Aragonez, Castelão or Syrah. The company also produces a liqueur wine from Carcavelos resulting from a field blend of varieties such as Arinto, Galego Dourado, Boal, Rabo de Ovelha or João Santarém.

Howard’s Folly wines are now available on Vinicom website and can be purchased HERE.

Vinicom present at Essência do Vinho 2022

Essência do Vinho is back and Vinicom, as usual, will be present at this edition that will take place again at Palácio da Bolsa, in Porto. The 18th edition of this unique event in the national wine scene will be held between March 31st and April 3rd.

We will be present with several producers that we proudly represent: Quinta do Vale Meão, Lavradores de Feitoria, Montez Champalimaud (Paço de Teixeiró and Quinta do Côtto), Blackett, AB Valley Wines, Vale da Corça, Quinta de Stº António, Bojador, Freixenet and Mionetto.

During Essência do Vinho 2022, more than 4,000 wines from around 400 national and foreign producers will be tasted. An intense parallel program of activities will take place, with emphasis on a commented tasting of Douro and Port wines dedicated to the producers Quinta do Côtto, Lavradores de Feitoria and Blackett.

You can access HERE to learn all about Essência do Vinho 2022 and buy your tickets. Looking forward to see you!

Celebrating another International Port Wine Day

January 27th is once again marked by the worldwide celebration of a true national icon: Port Wine. The International Port Wine Day initiative was created in 2012 by the north-american institution Center for Wine Origins, of which the Port and Douro Wines Institute is part.

Port Wine is a fortified wine produced exclusively from grapes from the Demarcated Region of the Douro. Despite being produced with Douro grapes and stored in the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, this drink became known as “Port Wine” from the second half of the 17th century onwards because it was exported all over the world from this city.

What makes Port Wine different from other wines, in addition to the unique climate, is the fact that the fermentation of the wine is interrupted by the addition of wine brandy. Thus, Port Wine is naturally sweet and stronger than other wines.

Order your favorite Ports HERE and celebrate with us the International Port Wine Day.

Portugal Masters is back with Vinicom

The biggest golf event in Portugal is back to Vilamoura and again with the sponsorship of Vinicom.

The Portugal Masters 2021, tournament integrated in the European golf circuit European Tour, will be held from 4 to 7 November, again at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, in Vilamoura.

The competition is expected to attract around 40,000 visitors and high media coverage globally.

In this edition of Portugal Masters, Vinicom is, once again, the official sponsor of alcoholic beverages (wines and sparkling wines) with Freixenet and Mionetto brands.

New vintages of Três Bagos

The new vintages of the Três Bagos range from Lavradores de Feitoria are already on the market. The whites Três Bagos Sauvignon Blanc and Três Bagos Reserve White are from 2020, while the Três Bagos Reserve Red has the 2018 vintage.

The Três Bagos Reserve White and Red are like brothers: they’re both blended wines, partially aged in wood and combine three typical Douro grape varieties from the three subregions: Baixo Corgo, Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. In Três Bagos Reserve White, Viosinho, Rabigato and Gouveio; and in Três Bagos Reserve Red, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, from vineyards over 30 years old.

You can find Três Bagos range HERE.

James Suckling awards between 90 and 92 points five reds from Lavradores de Feitoria

The renowned American wine critic James Suckling tasted several reds from Lavradores de Feitoria and the results are great, starting with the 2016 vintage of Três Bagos Grande Escolha Red, which isn’t in the market yet, which got 92 points and described by the critic as a polished wine, very seductive and that can still remain some more time in the cellar of the Douro producer.

Also the Meruge Red 2017 received 92 points and in it Suckling highlights the aromas of dehydrated cherries, currants, praline, dried leaves, dried flower petals and spices. It presents medium body, elegant tannins, freshness and good acidity.

The critic also awarded with 92 points the Quinta da Costa das Aguaneiras, which he considers a full-bodied red, with firm and chewy tannins. A rich and polished wine, which is ready to drink, but will make a splash from 2022.

With 91 points, Três Bagos Reserve Red 2017 features aromas of wild blackberries, dried violets and black olives, with hints of mushrooms and smoked meat. On the palate, reveals firm and elegant tannins integrated with a good acidity.

Finally the Lavradores de Feitoria Red, from the 2018 vintage, James Suckling rated it with 90 points and describes it as a juicy and tasty wine, with aromas of black cherry, violets, dried herbs and oysters. It has medium body, with fine and firm tannins.

Meruge White 2018 gets 93 points from James Suckling

Meruge White 2018 received 93 points and was featured in a list of eleven exciting Portuguese whites for sale in the USA under $40 by the renowned American wine critic James Suckling.

In the article published on the critic’s website, available HERE, this wine from the Douro producer Lavradores de Feitoria is described as a “lovely wine, very rich and complex, with a noticeable presence of lemon, honey, some dehydrated mango and a touch of cream and praline. It’s full-bodied, has an enveloping and creamy texture and a very tasty aftertaste».

In the opinion of James Suckling, it’s a white wine ready to drink, but which promises to evolve in a bottle, recommending keeping some bottles to “test” over the years.

Meruge White 2018 is a monovarietal Viosinho wine, from vines over 50 years old, fermented and aged in Portuguese oak barrels. It can be purchased on our website HERE.

Três Bagos Grande Escolha Red featured on The Wine Show

The wine Três Bagos Grande Escolha Red, of Lavradores de Feitoria, was one of the protagonists of the third season of The Wine Show, the famous tv show hosted by wine experts Joe Fattorini and Amelia Singer, and with the participation of four actors and wine enthusiasts: Matthew Goode, James Purefoy, Matthew Rhys and Dominic West.

It premiered last Saturday, at 24 Kitchen Portugal, and Lavradores de Feitoria was represented by its CEO, Olga Martins. An experience that became even more breathtaking when Joe Fattorini chose the wine that represents the future of the Douro Valley. Out of three Douro wines, Três Bagos Grande Escolha Red was the chosen to integrate the box that will represent the best of this season in wines.

The 2016 vintage of Três Bagos Late Harvest was launched

After the 2010 and 2011 vintages, the long-awaited Late Harvest 2016 from Lavradores de Feitoria was finally released. It’s a white wine, of exquisite sweetness, very peculiar in production and created to fill the absence of a dessert wine in the portfolio of Lavradores de Feitoria.

Três Bagos Late Harvest 2016 is exclusively made from the Sémillon variety, with the bunches being harvested after the usual harvest time when the grapes are botrytized, that is, affected by the so-called noble rot. It underwent careful fermentation and at low temperatures, followed by aging in French oak barrels for a year.

Displays a lively and bright golden straw color, a very exuberant aroma, with citrus hints, nuances of fig, honey and some apricot, and a very pleasant, fresh and full palate.

Três Bagos Late Harvest 2016 is a limited edition of 3.140 bottles and is now available in our Online Shop.