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29 October 2014 News

An article in Shanken News Daily commented on the double-digit growth of Portuguese wines in the U.S. market. According to the article, last year, bottled table wine shipments from Portugal crossed the 1-million-case mark on 7% growth. The pace quickened through the first half of 2014, with trade group Wines of Portugal reporting an overall 21% jump in exports to the U.S. to about 725,000 cases. See below a quote from Christian Seely of Quinta do Noval:

“Much of the excitement around Portuguese table wine is emanating from the Douro region, renowned as the seat of the country’s Port business. “I’d distinguish the Douro from the rest of Portugal because I think it has the highest quality potential,” says Christian Seely, managing director of wine and Port house Quinta do Noval. “The Douro, which has been known for vintage Port, is now reinventing itself as a red wine producer as well. My vision is to establish it as one of the great Old World producers for dry red wines.”

“Quinta do Noval produces about 200,000 bottles of dry red wine annually, along with about 700,000 bottles of Port. Its largest export markets are the U.S., Canada and Brazil. On the table wine side, its labels include the Quinta do Noval brand ($90 a bottle at retail) and Cedro do Noval ($20), which features classic Douro varieties blended with Syrah. “We’ll introduce our first white wine next year, Cedro White,” Seely notes. “I think we’ll see more whites from the Douro in the years to come.”