Wines made with Moscatel Galego White variety are known to be very sugary and high alcohol most often. This alcoholic degree due to the fact that the grapes have a high sugar content, which during fermentation yields a higher alcohol content.
The Moscatel Galego Branco vine is to be found to a certain extent all over the Douro demarkated region.
Douro Moscatel (used also to give an aromatic lift to white Ports) is capable of making particularly interesting, complex sweet, fortified Moscatel wines. Moscatel from Douro must contain a minimum of 85% Moscatel, and at least 16.5% alcohol. These wines tend to have good, balancing acidity, floral, citrus aromas, and flavours of orange or tangerine peel, apricots and butterscotch, turning nuttier and more figgy and raisiny the longer they remain in wooden vat. Minimum time in wood is 18 months, but must stay a little longer, while some Moscatel from Douro is aged for 10 or 20 years, and occasional wines are bottled as ‘Colheita’, with a vintage named on the bottle.
Casa do Brasão has a good quality Moscatel wine with orange flavor and honey, and sweet in the mouth with good acidity, perfect to accompany desserts.
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Douro is a World Heritage site for its specific characteristics such as the cultivation of terraced vineyards. The heritage of the region is vast, ranging from Roman remains cultivation of vines to beautiful farms from producers in the region. It also has a historical component, because it was the one of the first demarcated regions of the world. From that time, there are still the Pombaline landmarks that demarcate the area of the Douro wine region and the organism that controls the quality and production of Port wine, now called Institute of Douro and Port Wine.
For these reasons and more, it was planned a Port Wine Route and inaugurated on September 21, 1996. Based on qualitative pre-defined criteria, it were selected and registered 54 places, located in the Douro Region and neighbouring parishes, which are directly or indirectly related to the wine culture.
This way, the visitor can find from small winegrowers to great wine producers in the Douro Wine Region – Port Wine, DOC Douro, Muscat and sparkling – and can visit the vineyards and winery, taste and buy wine and participate in various wine-growing jobs.
This route is mainly divided into three groups:
- Baixo Corgo
- Cima Corgo
- Douro Superior
Explore on our website the variety of quality wines of the Douro and Porto.