Caves Transmontanas, Vértice Branco NV



Located in the small town of Alijo in Cimo Corgo, Caves Transmontanas produces premium traditional-method sparkling wines from the Douro valley, under the Douro Vertice label. The project began in the 1980s when current winemaker Celso Pereira brought his then mentor to the region. This was Californian sparkling winemaker Jack Davies from the legendary  Schramsberg winery. They spotted the enormous potential of the region and after several years of trials began prodcution in 1989. Today only around 100,000 bottles are made every year, and these are widely regarded as Portugal’s finest sparkling wines.

Surrounded by the Transmontanas mountains and the borders of the Douro valley, the climate is hot and dry in the day, but with cold nights. The West is sheltered from the damp winds by the granite hills of Marão and Montemuro. The vineyards on granite and schist soils are subjected to very hot and dry summers and harsh and long winters with lots of frost and snow. The grapes are planted at 600m on granite soils which helps develop minerality, balance and finesse. The conditions are too challenging to produce any classic Port wines but ideal for sparkling.

This wine is citrus aromas with dried flowers, brioche and toast on the palate and a crisp acidity and a persistent mousse.


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