Produced from the varieties Merlot, Sirah and Saborinho, where the grape must is fermented with the skin so that more color and tannin are extracted. Controlled temperatures so that the fruity aroma is preserved. A small percentage of oak was used to complement and give structure.
Light ruby colored wine. Aroma of red fruits, wild berries wrapped with notes of volcanic sulfur and slight vanilla. In the mouth it is very elegant and smooth with medium body. It ends with a pleasant and persistent salty taste.
Enjoy at 18-20 ° C with fatty fish, red and game meats and cheeses.
At the beginning of the 50s of the last century, a group of winegrowers on the island of Pico, aware of the need for a structure that brought together good production and economic capacities, decided to set up the Wine Cooperative on the island of Pico, CRL, which was registered at the Commercial Registry Office in February 1950, with the fundamental objective of producing Liqueur and ordinary wines.
Azores wine wins exceptional ripening conditions in the adversity of the climate, geography and in the harshness of basaltic terrain, along with specific techniques refined and adapted, shows great wine quality and recognized uniqueness.
Building a labyrinthine web of "currais" (black stonewalls made of volcanic rocks where vineyards are planted staying thus protected from the wind and salty sea air) results in an almost surreal landscape classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage in 2004. The “currais” are an ancient technique, to ensure protection of cultures surrounded by miles of water in every direction in the mid-Atlantic, given the effects of the strong sea winds and salty air therefore well mitigated.
Pico, Biscoitos and Graciosa are already qualified as Quality Wines Produced in Specified Regions under the EU wine regulations. Two are fortified and wood-aged: Pico and Biscoitos.
In the 18th century Azorean wine was widely exported to northern Europe and even to Russia, where after the 1917 revolution, bottles of "Pico" Verdelho wine were found stored in a Czar’s cellars.
"Biscoitos" was the wine of caravels trade routes from the oriental world to Europe in the 16th century.The great quality fortified wine of Biscoitos is made of Verdelho grapes apparently brought by Flemish settler.
Currently, fortified wine of Biscoitos and Pico are often used as an "honor drink" in several official events.
Azorean wines traditionally are made mainly from three varietals: Verdelho the same type of grape used on Madeira wine, Arinto a versatile grape variety usually used in blended wines and Terrantez a white Portuguese grape that makes a sweet fortified wine.