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Colares

This tiny DOC is more famous for its exceptional situation, a narrow strip of sand on the windy Atlantic coast not far from Lisbon, than for the quality of its wines. Since phylloxera cannot live in sand, the Ramisco vine responsible for red Colares (yet another tannic, tart Portuguese red) is possibly the only vine variety never to have been grafted on to phylloxera-resistant American vine roots. Monte Cascas makes one of the best Colares from 80 year-old Ramisco wines. Some full-bodied white Colares is made from Malvasia grapes.

In a nutshell

An endangered species.

Main grapes