Let’s sit back this Sunday afternoon and taste this Maré Viva Selection red wine, produced by Adega de Redondo in the Alentejo wine region of Portugal.
The Alentejo has been the land of wine for millennia. The cultivation of vines was one of the main links between communities, so it is therefore not surprising that the first Portuguese social winery was born in Viana do Alentejo at the end of the 19th century.
In the 20th century, the Alentejo vineyards were quite weakened by a succession of pests and the Adega Cooperativa de Redondo (which was founded in 1956 by 14 winegrowers) assumed decisive importance in the rebirth and subsequent development of Alentejo wine.
Today around 200 producers represent more than 75% of viticulture in the Redondo sub-region and is one of the largest and most dynamic cooperative wineries in Portugal.
Its flagship brand is Porta da Ravessa, but in addition to this, they produce a diversity of other brands, such as this Maré Viva as well.
This cooperative winery produces around 12 million liters of wine per year, of which 75% is red wine. Although the Portuguese market is the main destination for their wines, the aim is to significantly strengthen their presence also in other parts of the world.
This wine’s name originated from the sea. On full moon and new moon days, the sea is infuriated and the amplitude of the tides increases. And these fresh and vibrant wines remind us of these magical days of “rapid tides” (marés vivas in Portuguese).
The wine is a blend of the Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet and Touriga Nacional grape varieties, which are growing on mainly granite but clay-limestone and shale soils.
The drink presents a clear ruby color.
Young fruity aromas of wild berries on the nose with fine floral and vanilla notes.
On the palate, an elegant wine with fine structure, soft fruity flavors and a medium persistent finish. A velvety, soft wine with polished tannins and balanced acidity.
An easy-drinking wine with no complexity.
It should be served at a temperature of 16-18 °C.
Pairing well with roasted pork meat and red meats.
A basic red wine from the Alentejo region for everyday drinking.