Goddess of Wine Sparkles in Austria

AERA VINUM 1 Helga MichelbachAera Vinum is Latin for “Goddess of Wine” produces exclusive wine that is focused on providing the utmost quality to the most discerning wine connoisseurs.  Mostly marketed towards the hospitality and retail channels, the young winery won numerous accolades and had the privilege of being the official beverage for the Cultural Capital Graz 03.

Started in 2002 it is situated in Ehrenhausen, in the Southern Styrian Wine Route of Austria.  The winery boasts some of the most modern and well-equipped facilities in the Austrian winery region.  The large processing and bottling plant originally built by the Seagram distilling company between 1985-1987 allow for a daily output of 100 000 bottles, and a storage capacity of 2.4 million litres in tanks, yet given these impressive numbers the company has chosen to stay artisanal and focus on quality rather than quantity.  Like most German and Austrian Sekt producers, Aera Vinum uses the Charmat method for second fermentation in the tank for three years for smooth, rich, and well-balanced nuances in flavour and finish.

The company strives to achieve the perfect merger between craftsmanship and quality control to provide consistency and complexity.  This is achieved in addition to a having state-of-the-art facilities at their disposal, with the careful selection and blending of the right wines to create balanced cuvee’s.  For this purpose, Aera Vinum sources out for grapes mostly composed of Riesling, Rhine Riesling, Chardonnay, and Veltliner.  Currently the winery offers three taste profiles -“Baron” (extra dry), “Baroness” (dry), and “Royal” (brut)- something to every discerning connoisseur.

Aera Vinum Wein Royal Millenium Edition 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016The packaging matches the grandeur of the liquid inside, thus making Aera Vinum wines not only a pleasure for taste buds but also for the eyes.  The bottles are specially created out of dark coloured glass with a raised embellished crest and embossed gold leaf and coloured labels on each bottle.  Enjoy feasting the eyes on a stunning bottle while savouring the bubbles and lingering smooth taste of this royal sparkling wine.

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  • Royal Millenium Edition (Gold medal with 98 points)

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Golden Bubbles Wine Pleasures announces the Gold medal winning Sparkling Wines of the World 2016

Wine Pleasures has published the results for its annual wine competition 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World.

Sparkling Wines made using the Traditional Method

Champagne Collet Esprit Couture (France) & Aera Vinum Wein Royal Millenium Edition (Austria) win Gold and receive scores of 98 points

4 producers (Les Caves Richemer (France), Corte Aura (Italy), Lobban Wines (Spain) & Casca Wines (Portugal) win gold scoring 96 points

16 Sparkling Wines classified as Outstanding were awarded Gold medals and 18 Sparkling Wines classified as Highly Recommended were awarded Silver medals. Many medals were awarded to Champagne, Cava and Franciacorta producers but several awards went to producers in other parts of the world such as France’s  Languedoc-Roussillon, Italy’s Tuscany, Argentina’s Mendoza, Slovenia’s Bizeljsko-Srenič

Some interesting retail prices too amongst the 50 Greats ranging from 6 Euros to 56 Euros making quality sparkling wines a luxury you can afford whenever you wish.

Those looking to splurge on long aged Sparkling Wines should try and get their hands on prize winners from prestigious Champagne producer Champagne Collet. Esprit Couture (min 60 months), RRP €145,00 & Colletion Privée Vintage 2006 (min 72 months), RRP € 56,00.

Les Caves Richemer Terre & Mer Brut, Casca Wines Távora-Varosa Sparkling Brut White Reserva & Lobban Wines Lobban Sparkling Shiraz all picked up golds.

Corte Aura was awarded two Golds for its Franciacorta Satèn, Franciacorta Rosé as was Dominio de la Vega for it s Dominio de la Vega Brut Reserva & Cava Artemayor (Cava (Utiel-Requena) – Spain).

LA MASCOTA SPARKLING Rose Extra-brut (3)Gold medals were also awarded to The Rosé by Velenosi (Marche – Italy), Brut Rosé – Millesimato by Baracchi (Tuscany – Italy), La Mascota Sparkling by Mascota Vineyards (Mendoza – Argentina) & Col.lecció by Rovellats (Cava (Penedès) – Spain)

Sparkling Wines made using the Charmat Method 

Geoff Johnston Wines Eight Carat Sparkling Shiraz NV & Velenosi Passerina Brut win Gold and receive scores of 95 points

Viña Undurraga (Leyda Valley – Chile) won two Gold Medals with its Nature & Undurraga Brut Royal. Welgemeend Estate (Paarl – South Africa) & Fattoria Eolia (Veneto – Italy) also win Gold medals for Welgemeend Sparkling Symphony & Fiore del Vento.

50 gsw 2016 coverThe 2016 edition of 50 Great Sparkliing Wines of the World takes the form of a 40 page full colour collectable ebook and contains all the Gold and Silver medal winners with photos and tasting notes for each. The magazine also outlines how Sparkling wine is made, clarifies the difference between the Traditional and Charmat method, spotlights successful regions and recognizes 50 gsw 2016 p18outstanding producers. A two page article on all of the participating wineries covering family history, winery philosophy, grape varieties, location and wine tourism options can also be found in the magazine. 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2016 – The Collectable Magazine is available free at www.winepleausres.com and is a useful resource for both the trade and the end wine consumer/wine traveller.

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Piemonte Montalbera bring Leykos & Roseus to 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014

Montalbera 50 Great Sparkling winesRigour, foresight in planning, imagination and poetry. These lyrical words seem to contain  dedication and love to wine passed between the members of Enrico Riccardo Morando family since the beginning of the twentieth century when it was founded.

Around the mid-nineteen-eighties the owners decided to choose a new philosophy of expansion by buying surrounding vineyards and grounds and cultivating high quality vines. The process still continues today.

Montalbera 50 Great Sparkling wines.jpg 14The Montalbera wine estate is located in Asti province in Piemonte, foothills of Alps, northern Italy at the top of the Bricco Montàlbera site, in an area lying between the communes of Grana, Castagnole Monferrato and Montemagno. It lies at the highest point of the entire denomination of Ruché 270 metres above the sea level. The winery is completely surrounded by a circular plot of vineyards covering 4 neighbouring hills which gives different exposures and soils that vary from clay to limestone. The 60ha lot is almost fully covered by the relatively unknown but indigenous variety, Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato, also called the ‘Red Prince of Monferrato’ which produces reds that tend to be medium bodied with notes of pepper and wild berries and floral aromas on the nose.

Montalbera 50 Great Sparkling wines.jpg 5The other varieties planted in Montalbera vineyards, which cover over 130ha, are: Barbera d’Asti, Grignolino, Moscato d’Asti ,Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Viognier used to make white, rose and exceptional sparkling wines.What is surprising,that while holding the title of the Piedmontese company with the largest extension of vineyards in a single site,the production is only around 300,000 bottles a year. According to Franco Morando, the forward-thinking owner, they only want to use the very finest grapes which – naturally depending on the weather – come from those vineyard plots with the best exposures. For this reason at harvest time enologists at Azienda Agricola Montalbera carry out experimental tests and analyse the ripening curves for each individual vineyard.

Definitely the combination of great attention to detail, knowledge of winemaking, insight in blending traditions and a sense of innovation brings Morando’s family close to answering the needs and tastes of the modern, demanding consumer.

Tasting Notes from 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014

leykosLEYKOS Met. Martinotti Extra Dry, s.a. (da uve Barbera) 2013 – Pineapple & floral notes. Fruity entrance with a def peach flavour. Frothy mouthfeel. Sweet pleasant finish.

bollicine_roseus (1)ROSEUS Met. Martinotti Brut, s.a. (da uve Grignolino) 2013 – Rose petals, water melon & fennel. Fruity entrance. Fresh palate.Frothy mouthfeel.Short bitter finish.

Pop That! Alentejo Cartuxa Winery Amongst 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World

Adega Cartuxa 50 Great Sparkling Wines 2014

Adega Cartuxa is located at Quinta de Valbom, the former retreat for the Jesuits who taught at the University of Evora in the 16th and 17 th century. When the monks were expelled in 1759 by the then prime minister, Marquês de Pombal, Cartuxa was taken over by the state. In 1776 it took on a new function as a significant cellar producing wines from the region’s grapes. In the 19th century the property was bought by the family of Eugénio de Almeida who refurbished the winery adding many extensions and planning various modernisations. Despite undergoing all the renovations Adega Cartuxa never lost the feel of its rich history and architecture and preserved its over five century old heritage.

Adega Cartuxa 50 Great Sparkling Wines 2014 2Nowadays the Cartuxa Winery is owned and managed by the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation named after its very generous founder Vasco Maria Eugénio de Almeida. Foundation was set up in 1963 and since then its mission is to promote the integrated and balanced development of the region of Évora, where the adega is situated, creating cultural, educational and social opportunities for its inhabitants. The municipality of Évora is a world heritage site located in the breath taking region of Alentejo. The climate of this agricultural region, which area covers over a third of Portugal, is dictated by influence of the Atlantic Ocean working together with São Mamede mountains, giving in effect  perfect conditions for smooth, harmonious, very easy-drinking reds, produced using the Aragonez, Trincadeira and Tinta Caiada varieties. The set of weather and soil aspects is more challenging for whites. Nevertheless Adega Cartuxa keeps on cultivating grapes long established and characteristic for Alentejo (DOC – Évora) predominantly based on Roupeiro, Antão Vaz and Arinto varieties found in their whites and sparkling wines.

Adega Cartuxa 50 Great Sparkling Wines 2014 4Adega Cartuxa 50 Great Sparkling Wines 2014 4Tasting Notes from 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014

Sparkling Brut 2009 – Buttery, bakery and toasted almond. Fresh entrance. Creamy mouthfeel. Fine bubble. Balanced. Pleasant finish. Succulent.

Sparkling Brut Reserva 2009 – Honey, ripe fruits & hints of fennel. Notable fruity entrance. Well balanced acidity & sweetness. Creamy texture. Silky bubble. Lingering pleasant finish.

Caves Meyer-Thuet Crémants d’Alsace top 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014

Caves Meyer-Thuet 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014The Meyer-Thuet’s wine cellar is abundant in more than 1200 wines and liquors from the most renown wine regions in France – Alsace, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc, Roussillon, Loire and Rhone – and coming from over fifty different producers – starting with the world-wide known  ending with small local producers. Exceeding almost thousand square metres of beautifully lit, well organised and well supplied exposition, the wine store is based in Hésingue – a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France, close to both the Swiss and German borders, around six kilometres from the centre of Basel.

Caves Meyer-Thuet 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014Not only the location of Caves Meyer-Thuet, but also the comprehensive understanding of wine business and undisputed passion, gave the family a possibility to form a unique relationship with vine-growers, producers and cellars, a relation without the “middle man”, based on trust, friendship and love for wine that let the Meyer-Thuets say: “Give us good wine, we’ll do the rest …”

From building their reputation step by step they grew over the years to become one of the most respected wine and liquor distributors in Alsace.

Caves Meyer-Thuet 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014 2Caves Meyer-Thuet is a family company passed from father to son founded in 1931 by grandfather Joseph Meyer under a motto: “Offering the best wine for the best price.”

The knowledge shared across the generations, to father André Meyer and son André-Jean Meyer, led from being wine distributors to starting their own brand of wines, named, of course: Meyer-Thuet.

André-Jean collaborating with producers and his advisers has drafted wines with a rigorous sense of precision, picking the perfect balance between local grape varieties creating, amongst many others, their well known Crémants d’Alsace.

Crémant Or 50 Great Sparkling Wines 2014Tasting Notes from 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014

Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé – Notes of fennel and wild strawberries. Fresh entrance. Fruity palate. Frothy mousse. Elegant bubble. Slightly bitter but pleasant finish.

Crémant d’Alsace Brut – White fruit & peach on the nose. Fresh, focused palate. Smooth bubble. Peachy – almond flavour leads to a lingering finish.

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Dealu Mare, Sebes – Apold & Murfatlar give sparkling success for Halewood Romania

Halewood 50 Great Sparkling Wines 2015 3The Romanian – British cooperation operating under the name Halewood dates back to the 1980’s when John Halewood, an independent  UK-based wine and spirits producer, having accomplished a substantial success in the domestic market, started importing and marketing wine from Romania. Soon followed the founding of Halewood Romania accompanied by acquisitions of Romanian assets (eg.Vinalcool Prahova SA – a local leading producer) establishing the company’s position in the Romanian market. This in turn gave Halewood a deep insight into Romanian rich though not well known wine production traditions. Up to this day one of the company’s flagships are the Rhein & Cie Azuga Cellars which history spans back to a century before the aforementioned merger.

Halewood 50 Great Sparkling Wines 2015The Cellars are not only one of the oldest locations in Romania where sparkling wine has been produced with the traditional method, but also a place of cultural significance, having been designated as the “Supplier of the Romanian Royal Court” as early as 1920 and providing the home market with the most renowned sparkling wine of the inter-war period – Rhein Extra – a brand known to be included in the menu of coronation ceremony in Alba-Iulia on October 15th 1922. The Cellars are famous for their micro climate maintained thanks to the naturally ventilated surface construction surrounded by double insulated walls, making it a perfect space for ageing sparkling wine fermented in a bottle.

Halewood 50 Great Sparkling Wines 2015 2Historical affiliations provide both marketing and wine tourism opportunities appealing to the export markets where Halewood aims to expand. The company is backed up with over 400ha of vineyards in the three most fertile wine regions of Romania – Dealu Mare (located on Parallel 45  North, similar to Bordeaux and Piedmonte), Transylvanian Plateau (a chilly climate) and Murfatlar (warm, close to the Black Sea) – with versatile conditions allowing diverse wine production and composition.

Among traditional European varieties that contribute to Halewood’s portfolio local ones need to be mentioned – Feteasca Neagra, Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala and Iordana. Today the company bases its sparkling wine production on dry white wines from Sebes – Apold region in Transylvania and the Pinot Noir  from Delau Mare where Halewood’s biggest vineyard is located, resulting in Rhein Extra Bruit Imperial from the former and Rhein Extra Rose from the latter.

Rhein BRUT ROSETasting Notes from 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014

“Rhein Extra ” –  Brut Rose 2011 – Strawberry and water melon notes. Fruity fresh entrance. Short finish. Balanced.

“Rhein  Extra “ – Brut Imperial 2011 – Citrus, melon, floral and bakery notes. Zingy entrance. Creamy palate. Frothy mouthfeel. Fine bubble. Lingering finish.

Great Sparkling Wines Made in Bairrada at Caves Primavera

Caves Primavera 50 Great Sparkling Wines 2015 3Founded and still owned by two passionate brothers – Vital and Lucénio de Almeida – Caves Primavera is celebrating their 65 anniversary this year. The Almeida brothers started as a small company with a goal to grow and develop their business and build a name which would be strong and important in the wine industry. Since it opened the door  the company went trough many transformations to reach that set goal and it became, as they like to say: “the most important winery in Portugal”.

Today, after many renovations and extensions, Caves Primavera’s facilities include: storage capacity of 8 million litres of wine in tanks, 2 million bottles of sparkling wine (made with methode champenoise) and 1,5 million bottles of table wine, as well as old brandy, which is aged in oak barrels. The fully automated bottling line used in winery can process approximately 3500 bottles per hour.

Committed to continuous improvement of the quality of their wines, the company invested in a high end laboratory, a microbiological department and a modern vinification centre to fully and carefully control all the steps in the production.

The success of the winery lies not only in great attention to the quality of the products but also in focusing on export. The wines are sold to over 15 countries around the world and the customer base is still expanding. The wines are widely recognized appreciated at international wine tastings and competitions, resulting in various medals.

Caves Primavera 50 Great Sparkling Wines 2015 2Caves Primavera is based in hilly Bairrada – Portuguese wine region located in the western part of the Beira province, where viticulture has existed since at least the 10th century, when the region gained independence from the Moors. It is stretched between the mountains of Dão and Atlantic Ocean. Therefore the climate of the region is mild but rather cool and maritime with plentiful rainfall. Those conditions accompanied with sandy and clay-limestone soils make it a very important area for producing the acidic base wines for sparkling wines.

Caves Primavera 50 Great Sparkling wines ChaveTasting Notes from 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014

 Sparkling Chave D’Oíro Brut 2012 – Grapefruit and floral notes. Fruity & crisp entrance. Balances. Smooth mouthfeel. Pleasant finish.

Sparkling Bairrada Baga Brut 2012 – Notes of almond blossom and wild strawberries. Fruity entrance. Fresh palate. Fine bubble. Short bitter finish.

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Loire Valley Bouvet-Ladubay Sparkle in the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World

Bouvet Ladubay 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014The history of second oldest sparkling wine–producing house in Saumur, the Maine-et-Loire department, western France, starts in 1851 with young and venturesome Etienne Bouvet. At the age of 23, together with his wife Celestine Ladubay he bought 8 kilometres of underground galleries in Saint-Hilaire-Saint-Florent, and used them as cellars to create a winery named Bouvet-Ladubay.

Bouvet Ladubay 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014Etienne’s commitment and dedication, along with his life motto: “Excellence!” brought elegance and  prestige into the wine industry. He was a visionary founder erecting immense buildings to place his production; he installed an electric plant to illuminate his underground cellars, his mansions and châteaux. His employees were provided not only with lodging but also a small theatre to offer them access and exposure to the arts.

By 1890, Bouvet-Ladubay had become France’s largest producer of méthode traditionnelle wines.

In 1932  Etienne  Bouvet’s  descendants  sold the  firm  to  Justin  Marcel  Monmousseau, grandfather of the current CEO, whose family retained ownership until 1974, when it was taken under the wing of the Taittinger group as a subsidiary for the next 30 years.

Since 2006 Bouvet-Ladubay belongs to the Indian  Group  United  Breweries  and  its Chairman,  Dr  Vijay  Mallya,  has  chosen to pursue company’s family spirit.

Bouvet Ladubay 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014The undoubtedly unique character of Bruts de Loire produced by Bouvet-Ladubay comes  from sourcing the Chenin Blanc grapes, indigenous for the Loire Valley, from different winegrowers and blending them with the small amount of Chardonnay grape or Cabernet Franc for rosé. For over ninety years and 3 generations the same family of blenders is guarding the consistency of the production of the world-famous sparkling wines.

Since late 1980s the brand tied its promotion with equestrian and motor sports, including the 24 Heures du Mans and the Paris–Dakar race. Building the marque and following the initial thought of Monsieur Bouvet – to expose and immerse people in arts – led to opening the Centre d’Art Contemporain (the Contemporary Art Centre) with many successful exhibitions, as well as creation of breathtaking Cathdrale Engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral) carved in the caves of  Loire Valley, now officially listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Bouvet Ladubay 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014Tasting Notes from 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014

Bouvet Saphir Saumur Brut Blanc Vintage – Pineapple, nutty (almond) & peach blossom on the nose. Fruity entrance. Def peach flavour. Smooth mouthfeel. Fine bubble. Fresh zingy lingering finish.

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Fratelli Agnes Frizantes amongst the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014

Agnes Fratelli 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the WorldLombardy, located in northwestern Italy just below Switzerland and to the northeast of Piemonte,holds many important wine regions including Valtellina, Franciacorta, Lugana and Garda, and Oltrepò Pavese – home to Rovescala.

This small municipality, stretched between Pavia and Piacenza, has wine tradition with deep roots and a colourful history. Archaeological findings, such as fragments of amphorae,vases and even glass bottles, connecting this region with wine production are dating back to Roman times. The Po River flows through this region and is another reason, after cool continental climate, why wine making flourished here as this main river was a major asset for trade.

Agnes Fratelli 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the WorldA historical document worth quoting, coming from 1192 and preserved in archives in Milan,  states that three Lombard lords settling their debt with earl of Rovescala paid him not with money, but with 600 congi (20 hectolitres) of “de puro vino suarum vinearum de Rovescalla, de meliori quod habuerit super locum”  (pure wine of the vineyards of Rovescala, a place that has the best ).

Agnes Fratelli 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2Azienda Agricola Fratelli Agnes di Giovanni is nestled in this important, from the wine history perspective, area of Oltrepò Pavese (meaning “Pavia across the river Po”).  Wine making tradition is also deeply rooted in the Agnes family and handed down from generation to generation. The Azienda was started up in 1912 and nowadays it is run by Sergio and Christiano Agnes. It produces over 120 000 bottles of wine a year. Winery uses only grapes grown in the almost 20 hectare vineyard focusing mainly, but not only, on Croatina – variety distinctive for Lombardy. Each lot of collected grapes is crushed separately which is supposed to help to retain its’ characteristics.

Fratelli Agnes pays great attention to the selection of grapes in order to maintain the high quality of the wines produced. Their philosophy tied to tradition is recognized annually with many awards. Now they have two of their frizzantes among the 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World.

Agnes Fratelli 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the WorldTasting Notes from 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014

Cresta del Ghiffi 2013 – Blueberry, raspberry jam & hint of blackcurrant. Fruity fresh entrance. Sweet palate. Smooth tannins. Short finish.

Vernietta 2013 – Dark cherry, violets & freshly peeled kiwi. Frothy fruity entrance. Full on the palate. Taninc mouthfeel. Short finish.

Urszula Janeczko

Adega Cooperativa de Palmela Sparkling Moscatel in Top 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World

Adega de Pamela Sparkling Moscatel 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the WorldAdega Cooperativa de Palmela was founded in 1955 and started production in 1958  under the name Adega Cooperativa da Região do Moscatel de Setúbal with just 50 members.

Now, counting  300 associates and an area of roughly 1,000 acres of vineyards, it quickly became one of the main centres of development of the Municipality of Palmela.

Adega de Pamela Sparkling Moscatel 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the WorldLocated just 25km from Lisbon, Portugal, in the Setúbal District, the region has a moderate climate noticeably affected by Mediterranean and Atlantic with approximate 11ºC in January and 30ºC in August and a low rainfall. Those conditions combined with good soils are perfect for typical varieties of the region used in the production at Adega de Palmela: Castelão, Fernão Pires and Moscatel.

Adega Cooperativa de Palmela produces a few brands worth mentioning: Pedras Negras (white, red and rose table wine, liqueur wine, grape marc spirit and aged grape marc), Vale dos Barris (white and rose Setúbal Peninsula regional wine), Adega de Palmela (D.O. white, red, and red Reserve), Adega de Palmela (D.O. Fortified Moscatel Wine) and Palma (aged wine spirit).

The winery produces more than 8 million liters of wine per annum with cellars designed to store 10 million and an automated bottling lines with a capacity of 10,000 bottles/hour.  It employs 40 people and it holds ISO 9001-2000 certification since 2003.

Adega de Palmela follows their mission: “To transform the grapes from cooperative farms into wine and its derivatives, as well as to commercialize it in order to obtain the best benefits for its members. “

Adega de Pamela Sparkling Moscatel 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the WorldUndoubtedly pursuing that goal, combined with using regional varieties and great determination led to a success – the co-op obtained around 70 national and international awards in the past two years. Most important for the winery seems to be listing the Adega de Palmela Moscatel de Setúbal 2005 Superior as one of the Viniporugal’s 50 best Portuguese Wines selected to the North-American market by Doug Frost – renowned Master Sommelier and Master of Wine. 

Tasting Notes from 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World 2014

Adega de Pamela Sparkling Moscatel 2012 – Notes of grapefruit, apples & pears. Bitter (grapefruit) entrance. Smooth mouthfeel. Rapid bubble.Bitter almond lingering finish.

Urszula Janeczko