Regions and Appellations Portugal Setubal Peninsula

Setubal Peninsula Wine

The port town of Setúbal
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The Setúbal Peninsula is the Portuguese wine region immediately southeast of Lisbon, across the Tejo estuary. The terroir in the area ranges from sandy coastal plains to the craggy, limestone-rich Serra Arribida hills. The area is known for its dry red wines made from Castelão, and for its fortified wines and sweet Moscatel de Setúbal.

The wines produced here are made under three titles: two DOCs, Palmela and Setúbal, and one IGP. The IGP (formerly VR, or Vinho Regional) has been officially named "Peninsula de Setúbal" since 2008, but before that was known as VR Terras do Sado, meaning "lands of the river Sado". The Sado is one of Portugal's major rivers, and flows north from the Caldeirão hills to Setúbal city, on the southern edge of the eponymous peninsula.

The Setúbal Peninsula's two DOC titles cover a similar area, but encompass different styles of wine. Palmela covers both the sandy plains and the hills, while Setúbal covers the land on the hills. The Castelão grape which comprises the majority of Palmela wines performs admirably on the dry, sandy soils, which is one of the few terroirs in Portugal where it can reach full ripeness. The variety must make up 67 percent of the wines, while other Portuguese and international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Touriga Nacional and Syrah are planted on the hills and make up the remainder of the wines.

The other DOC covering the peninsula, Setúbal, is for sweet fortified wines made from Muscat of Alexandria, here known as Moscatel de Setúbal. These are made slightly differently from Portugal's most famous fortified wine, Port, in that leftover grape skins are added to the wine after mutage. This gives Setúbal wines a distinctively floral character.

In addition to the two DOCs, a wide range of wines are made under the Peninsula de Setúbal IGP title from a number of international varieties.

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Most Popular Setubal Peninsula Wine

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Wine Name
Grape
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
Casa Ermelinda Freitas 'Rocksand' Shiraz, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal Peninsula, Portugal Shiraz 5,612th $13
Bacalhoa - Caves Alianca 'Quinta da Bacalhoa' Cabernet Sauvignon, Vinho Regional Setubal Peninsula, Portugal Cabernet Sauvignon 5,796th 90 $25
Vinha do Fava Touriga Nacional, Vinho Regional Setubal Peninsula, Portugal Touriga Nacional 5,963rd 87 $12
Jose Maria da Fonseca Moscatel de Setubal, Portugal Muscat of Alexandria 7,563rd 92 $384
Jose Maria da Fonseca Periquita Original, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 7,983rd 86 $9
Casa Ermelinda Freitas Dona Ermelinda Reserva, Palmela, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 8,976th 87 $12
Jose Maria da Fonseca Alambre Moscatel de Setubal, Portugal Muscat of Alexandria 11,745th 89 $15
Casa Ermelinda Freitas Vinha da Valentina Premium Tinto, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 11,745th 87 $8
Jose Maria da Fonseca Periquita Reserva, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 12,225th 87 $13
Casa Ermelinda Freitas 'Vinha do Torrao' Tinto, Vinho Regional da Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 12,225th $7
Alto Pina Reserva, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 14,964th $9
Bacalhoa - Caves Alianca Moscatel de Setubal, Portugal Muscat of Alexandria 19,162nd 88 $13
Casa Ermelinda Freitas 'Valoroso' Tinto, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 19,434th 86 $15
Casa Ermelinda Freitas Vinha do Rosario Tinto, Setubal Peninsula, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 20,003rd $4
Casa Ermelinda Freitas Dona Ermelinda Tinto, Palmela, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 21,933rd 87 $7
Casa Ermelinda Freitas Vinha da Valentina Signature Reserva Tinto, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 23,806th $13
SIVIPA Moscatel de Setubal, Portugal Muscat of Alexandria 24,883rd 88 $15
Sand Creek Red Blend, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 25,537th $11
Casa Ermelinda Freitas 'Baia de Troia' Castelao, Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Castelao 26,900th 87 $15
Santo Isidro de Pegoes 'Portinho do Covo', Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend 27,693rd 87 $11
Jose Maria da Fonseca Moscatel de Setubal Superior, Setubal, Portugal Muscat 27,975th 93 $741
Santo Isidro de Pegoes Adega de Pegoes Colheita Seleccionada Branco, Vinho Regional Setubal Peninsula, Portugal Rare White Blend 28,239th 87 $11
Jose Maria da Fonseca 'Waterdog', Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal, Portugal Rare Red Blend 28,469th 88 $12
Pegos Claros Grande Escolha, Palmela, Portugal Castelao 29,296th 90 $25
Casa Ermelinda Freitas Leo d'Honor Tinto, Palmela, Portugal Castelao 30,224th 89 $47
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