Macanitas winery in Douro Valley.

Macanitas winery in Douro Valley.

It’s time for another edition of Wine Club! This month, we used a river to connect two amazing regions in two different countries. We’re talking about the Duero river in Spain that becomes the Douro in Portugal! 

Let’s start with the selection from the Portuguese side. Most of the time when you think of the Douro, either rich, sweet Port comes to mind, or bold reds. But did you know they make incredible whites there, too?

The wine we chose - a blend of Viosinho, Côdega de Larinho, and Gouveio - is the result of a sister and brother team. António and Joana Maçanita both have made their mark all over Portugal. Joana has made it her goal to revive the Algarve region of southern Portugal, while António focuses on the Alentejo and Azores regions. Together, they have a project in the Douro under their last name, Maçanita. 

The wine from these two that you’ll find in your Wine Club bag has stunning minerality, a strength of whites from Douro. The elegance of this wine is world class, as is its balance. A true gem!

Now into Spain! From Ribera del Duero, we’ve chosen a classic 100% Tinta Fina, the regional name for the old vine Tempranillo that grows in this world-renowned region. Bodegas Torremorón is actually the winery that serves over 80 growers surrounding it. 

In the 18th century, the producers of the time constructed a series of underground cellars, collectively called “Torremorón.” The winery’s name pays homage to this.

In 1957, area growers and producers incorporated to create Torremorón Bodegas. In 1990, massive improvements to the winery allowed the project to continue on, to this day producing exceptional wines of incredible value.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday! The release party starts at 2pm and goes until 6. As always, we’ll have contextual wines to taste and Wine Club bags to pick up! 

Joana Macanitas holding a glass of white blend in her winery.

Joana Macanitas holding a glass of white blend in her winery.

Old vines of Tempranillo from Torremoron winery.

Old vines of Tempranillo from Torremoron winery.

Winemaker Fernando de la Cal showcasing his old family vineyard with many 80+ years old vines.

Winemaker Fernando de la Cal showcasing his old family vineyard with many 80+ years old vines.

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