Quelle: American Way (USA) - 1/2003

Winemaker João Portugal Ramos at the forefront of Portugal's new wave of oeonolgy

Portugal is one of the few places left in the world where foot-trading is still practiced. One of the main advantages is that the grape skins are pulverized against the stone floor, releasing color. (Given the difficulty these days of finding people willing to jump into a vat of ripe grapes, some innovative wineries have come up with mechanical lagares that achieve the same effect.) Ramos' ›Marquês de Borba Reserva‹ includes several native Portuguese varieties, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Alicante Bouschet.