jamie goode's wine blog: Bairrada rocks!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Bairrada rocks!

I've finished a long but enjoyable day in Bairrada, which I reckon is one of Portugal's most interesting wine regions. The key grape here is Baga, a red variety that is best known for its firm tannic structure, usually coupled with high acidity. This is no bad thing: well made red Bairrada is extremely food friendly, as well as being long-lived. Some of the wines I tasted today reminded me a bit of Italy's best reds. Full report to follow, of course, so I won't go into specifics. I also tasted quite a few wines from Dao, the other main region in Beiras, which is the collective name for the broader region that includes Bairrada, Dao and Beiras interior. Lots of very exciting discoveries.

Tomorrow, the focus is on Dao, and tonight I'm staying in a very nice hotel in Visieu, the Montebello Hotel and Spa, which boasts five stars. I managed a quick dip in the pool before dinner, and tomorrow we are not leaving until 10 am, so I may get to swim then as well.

Pictured is the view from the balcony at Dao Sul's Quinta da Encontro winery and restaurant in Bairrada. This post is generated by my remarkably dainty EeePC, which I'm now going to use to check my emails. Then I'm going to sleep.

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At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Pedro Guimaraes said...

Hi Jamie,

If you find some time do visit the Quinta das Bágeiras in Bairrada. The red and white "Garrafeira" are very worthy wines.For me Bairrada makes one of the best white wines in Portugal...specialy when the Bial grape is involved!!!

Best wishes
Pedro Guimaraes

At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Pedro Guimaraes said...

I meant Bical grape :)...sorry

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish Bairrada wines were more widely available over here. The few Portuguese wines I can find tend to be international styled ones from Alentejo or the Douro (better but expensive).

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

didn't visit bageiras but i tried their wines and was really impressed...just fantastic

At 9:03 PM, Blogger Mats said...


I envy your trip, we travelled regurlarly in Portugal when we lived outside Lisbon '00-'03 and really enjoyed visiting the wineries.

Does the new Bairrada regulation impact the sense of 'Bairrada' identity for reds now that they don't have to be dominated by Baga? It sounds a bit like allowing Burgundy reds to be less than 50% Pinot....

At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Pedro Guimaraes said...

Hi Mats...

I fully agree with you...Bairrada should be Baga for red wine and Bical, Cerceal e Maria Gomes for white wine


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