Vinous peaks in the highest appellation in Portugal

Neil Pendock June 25, 2013 2

After two days tasting around Beira Interior, the highest wine appellation in Portugal, it’s a hard job to pick a favourite wine. Meals are easier with Saturday lunch at O Lagar in Escalhão something special – the 5 month old veal steaks melted in the mouth and the roasted almonds were crisp and crunchy.


In the white department, the Siria 2011 from Quinta dos Currais is unlike any other Siria we tried with impressive minerality and freshness. A world class wine which gets my award for best white in Beira Interior.


The red was harder as the competition was stiffer. But the 2008 Raya blend of Touriga Naçional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz is one of those mad terroir wines that reeks of passion. Only 2600 bottles were made and it is dense and intense yet light and breezy. If only we could buy these wines in South Africa…



  1. Vlad the Imbiber June 25, 2013 at 11:20 am -

    My Dear Pendovsky,

    I think these Beira Interior ‘altitude’ wines are very pleasing, with freshness and good balance.

    Is this the answer to global warming ?

    Speaking personally, I am thinking of planting some more Touriga on my Siberian estates… already the ‘Gulag Special Cuvée has sold out and the the ‘Solzhenitsyn Selection’ boxed sets are racing off the shelves at Majestic….

    Perhaps you should consider planting on the top of Table Mountain Mr Pendovsky ?

    In the meantime, I have to put more potato peelings in my still… do svidaniya !


  2. CHRISTOPH June 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm -

    Hi Neil,
    Looks wonderful, Danie Malan (South Africa’s best winemaker for Allesverloren Cape Vintage) would love to join you !

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