Their hospitality's sweet
D&F Wine Shippers has brought together
16 young winemakers from across
to launch what it says is the biggest wine project in the country. Designed to create "appealing brands that the consumer will understand", the wines cover a variety of styles and price points and
the project aims to
increase the popularity of Portuguese wines across the world.
Visitors will be invited to give opinions on
the taste and label design of each
"work in progress" wine . Included in the line-up will be Ramada, Alta Mesa, Dom Ferraz, Ventura
and Cape Rock brands, as well as the producers' own labels. Stand C11
Mentzendorff and the Fladgate Partnership will exhibit new vintages from Taylor's, Croft, Fonseca and Delaforce. Highlights include Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage 2002,
and newcomers Vargellas 1998 and Terra Feita 1999.
Following the launch of Fonseca's Terra Prima last year, new arrival 1988 Fonseca Guimaraens will be on taste. Sister
port house Delaforce will show its strength in the Colheita sector with vintages from 1964, 1979 and 1988.
St George's Day marked the declaration of the 2005 Quinta da Roêda vintage, which will debut at the fair. "The return to traditional foot treading for all
ports at Roêda and traditional winemaking has revealed the full potential of this exceptional property," says Adrian Bridge, managing director of Croft Port.
At John E Fells' stand, Paul and Johnny Symington from
Symington Family Estates will present the 2005 Single Quinta Vintage Ports from Dow's
- Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira, Quinta do Vesuvio and Quinta de Roriz. "The year 2005 was
very hot and dry
in the Douro, making it challenging both for the vines and for the winemakers. Happily, refreshing showers came early in September and the end results were very good, producing excellent wines with great concentration and power," a spokeswoman says.
Look out for Dow's Quinta do Bomfim 1996 Centenary Vintage Port with a
commemorative label. This wine was made
100 years after the vineyard was bought for Dow's in 1896. Stand E70
Having embraced organic agriculture in 1994, Casal Dos Planetas bottles around 5,000 litres of unfiltered, vegetarian red wine. Representatives from the family-owned 7ha estate,
located 30 km north-east of Lisbon, will be at the ViniPortugal stand. Stand B20-C20
In a move to attract new drinkers to Portuguese wines
by focusing on region
rather than unpronounceable indigenous grape varieties, Sogrape Vinhos has
released Pena de Pato. Distributed in the UK by Stevens Garnier, the range includes wine from each of the quality
producing areas of Portugal - Vinho Verde, Douro, Dão and Alentejo . "The aim is to provide the consumer with high quality wine to suit every occasion and offer great value for money," says Julio Martins, area manager for Sogrape Vinhos. Stand D70
Known for its dry Vinho Verde and varietal reds, Quinta da Aveleda will show its Follies range . It includes a Loureira/Trajadura and Touriga Nacional/Cabernet Sauvignon blend, Charamba Douro red and Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde white. Stand A30
Caves Arcos Do Rei will
display a wide variety of its
port, table and sparkling wines from regions including Bairrada, Douro, Dão, Palmela, Vinho Verde, Beiras, Ribatejano. B20-C20
To celebrate the launch of Canais 2004, Beam Wine Estates will host a Canais vintages tasting . Cockburn's Vintage 2000 will also be on taste alongside its 10 and 20
tawn ies. Miguel Corte-Real, Cockburn's commercial and viticultural director, will be at the stand to answer questions. "The launch of Canais 2004 and Late Bottled Vintage 2001 reaffirms Cockburn's as a quality port maker and highlights our commitment to long-term future value growth in the category," he says. Stand A10-B10
Keep an eye out for G7 Portugal - a group that includes some of the top Portuguese wine producers and exporters. The membership includes Aliança, Aveleda, Bacalhôa, Esporão, José Maria da Fonseca and Messias.
Rozès Colours Collection, on the Percy Fox stand, is a trio of
ports made using grapes selected from the best Douro vineyards, classed A and B on the
port scale. "The bottles are visually reflective of the style of
port, the Reserve sports a funky red bottle, the
Seven Year Old white
is in a white bottle and the 10
Year Old Tawny is in a gold bottle," a spokeswoman says. Stand D62
Quality Estates Portugal is a joint venture between Jackson Prentice and Fernando van Zeller, which represents five leading family estates from Vinho Verde, Douro, Bairrada, Robatejo and Alentejo. Casa de Compostela, Quinta da Brunheda, Colinas Sao Lourenço, Quinta Alorna and Casa Santa Vitoria will each be showing a selection of wines from their various portfolios.
The Port & Douro Wines Institute
fair-goers the chance to escape from the
masses and recharge the ir batteries. The stand will be serving up a daily-changing menu of gourmet delicacies matched with Douro wines and Port every day from 12.30-2pm.
A tutored wine and food matching seminar will take place on May 22 and 23 at 11am, with wines matched to
tapas created specifically for the event.
A mixologist will be serving
a selection of
port-based cocktails on May 23 from 4 -6pm
the IVDP will hold a raffle in aid of the Benevolent Society. "The Port Cocktail Party will provide a great opportunity for members of the trade to wind down after day two of the fair whil e raising money for a very worthy cause," a spokesman said. Stand A10-B10
ViniPortugal will be showing new vintages from all over Portugal, as well as Madeira wines, on stand B20-C20.
The promotional body for Vinho Verde, in north-western Portugal, will be showing a range
on stand A20, including some lower alcohol and sparkling wines.