The best of National Production has already presented the pre-finalists for the 7th edition of the Intermarché Prize, a project that intends to value and promote what is national and make society aware of the importance of the Portuguese Primary Sector. This award is divided into four categories from Primary Production, Processed Products, Packaging Innovation, and Ideas with Potential. And in each category 3 criteria were evaluated:

Innovation: Entrepreneurship; Market Approach.

Sustainability: Social and Economic; Environmental.

Origins: Production methodologies and identity of the products from the time they were created until today.

Adega Cooperativa de Vidigueira, Cuba e Alvito is in the pre-finalists with the Vidigueira Vinho de Talha, a unique product for several reasons, in the “Processed Products” Category.

  1. ORIGINS: The raw material for this wine comes from grapes grown in century-old vineyards, which are now considered rare vineyards due to their age, grape varieties and unique characteristics that allow the production of intense wines full of personality (learn more here). The jars where the grapes are deposited, and the wine is produced, are weighed before production, an ancient ritual (see here for the process). And the techniques and utensils used in the production of “Vinho de Talha” (see the process here).
  2. SUSTAINABILITY: Preservation of century-old vines and a two-thousand-year-old vinification method for carving wine.
  3. INNOVATION: The Casa das Talhas, a project that is a Center for the Appreciation and Dynamization of Carved Wine with a unique heritage to make known the keepers of the ancestral rituals of the Alentejo and a way of life from other times. In this Wine Tourism space, we are in the heart of the region that has become home to a very special wine. (visit our site here).

Read the full article in E Magazine, from Expresso Newspaper:

The Alentejo carved wine from century-old vineyards

In Vidigueira, the wine from is drunk as tradition dictates: in the cellar, directly from the earthenware or jugs, in well-served tavern glasses tavern glasses, and preferably in and preferably in community, surrounded by human warmth and a good fireplace. It has been like this since that there is vine culture in this Alentejo region, as far back as the the Romans occupied the territory and where one can still find centennial vineyards continue to be found whose traditional white grape varieties white grape varieties (Antão Vaz, Roupeiro Manteúdo, Diagalves, Larião and Perrum Larião and Perrum, some of them almost endangered) give origin to a nectar that is of unique flavor. To preserve all this regional heritage, the Vidigueira Cooperative Winery Cuba and Alvito, founded 60 years ago as an aggregating pole of dozens of small grape producers (today, 283 cooperators) of these municipalities, created a wine tourism that includes the Casa of the Talhas, which invites discovery of the terroir and the cult of this millennially inspired wine through the senses.

The modernization of processes almost extinguished the carving while method of making wine, but in 2017, this rightful institutionmou this ancestral mode of production and handmade, and thus was born “Vidigueira Vinho de Talha”. “We want to stay true to this cause of only making the wine the from these century-old vineyards, distributed over only six hectares, so the production will always be limited”, highlights José Miguel Almeida, President of the cooperative. For a good tasting This extremely aromatic wine should be served at a temperature between 10 and 11 degrees centigrade and is perfect to accompany both fish and meat well as meat dishes.

The best way to get to know the universe of carved wood wine is to visit Casa das Talhas (Tel: 939 190 460), which includes a tour of the winery, barrel room, and wine tasting. The space includes a wine bar and also hosts wine workshops.”


Get to know all the pre-finalists here.


More information about the 7th edition of the Intermarché Prize

In addition to Intermarché, representatives of the partners involved in this initiative make up the jury: the Portuguese Association of Distribution Companies (APED), the Confederation of Farmers of Portugal (CAP), DOCAPESCA, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Lisbon (FMV), the Higher Institute of Agronomy (ISA), Impresa and Quercus. The entire process of analyzing applications and deciding on winners is audited by audit partner EY.

At the institutional level, the Intermarché National Production Award has the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Climate Action, Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition, and Ministry of Sea.

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