A region with an important role in the history of Portuguese wine
What you should know about Peninsula de Setúbal:
- Is located across the estuary of Tejo in the south of Lisboa
- Most of the area is flat and sandy, except Serra da Arrábida that has limestone and clay soils
- The sweet Moscatel de Setubal come from this area
- The region has a Mediterranean climate ( hot summers and rainy winters)
- The former Terras do Sado regional wine was recently renamed as Peninsula de Setúbal
There are two DOCS: Setubal and Palmela
Setubal is sweet and fortified, mainly made from the Muscat of Alexandria grape.
If Muscat grape represents up to 85% it can be labelled Moscatel de Setúbal.
There is also Moscatel Roxo, a pink grape, whose wines are extremely scented.
Palmela is primarily red, and based on the abundant Castelão grape (late-ripening).
Wines are complex and deep, elegant and balanced, with good hints of cherry fruits.