The premium price range goes from €10 usually up to the €20 where the super-premium wines starts.
In these price range for white wines the vinho verde region dominates our 12 wines ranking with three Alvarinho, something that isn’t a surprise and one Loureiro from a very recent project, the Aphros wines, 100% organic wines.
The Douro is represented with two wines: the Niepoort Redoma and the Quinta Nova Grainha; and the Alentejo with three wines: the Esporão Reserve, the Cortes de Cima Sauvignon Blanc and the Ervideira Invisível de Aragonês. It’s long time established producers and brands that each year guarantee very consistent wines and also very consensual among the wine enthusiasts.
The three remaining slots are filled with the Druida from Dão, an 100% encruzado, the Morgado de Santa Catherina, a 100% Arinto from Lisbon, Bucelas sub-region and the Luis Pato Old Vines, the most prominent producer from Bairrada.
We can’t forget that the premium wines are wines to drink in special occasions for some but for many it’s a wine that is part of their daily consumption, and in those cases people tend to go for the sure bets.
Wines that they already know and that in each new vintage the quality is there without major surprises and with a very good value for money. If for a special occasion or to drink now, these wines are probably some of the best you can have in this price range, wines that can last many years in cellar but still prepared to be drink now.