SETÚBAL PENINSULA REGIONAL VINE AND WINE COMMISSION
Who we are
WE ARE THE ORIGIN, THE QUALITY
AND THE GENUINITY OF THE SETÚBAL PENINSULA WINES.
We are the Setúbal Peninsula Regional Vine and Wine Commission – CVRPS. We were born 1991 with the purpose of guaranteeing the origin, the quality and the genuineness of the wines of our region, as well as to ensure their national and international promotion.
We are therefore the Certifying Entity of the Setúbal Peninsula wines, issuing the accreditation Setúbal D.O., which includes the Moscatel de Setúbal and Moscatel Roxo de Setúbal, Palmela D.O. and Setúbal Pensinsula G.I. (Regional Wine) present in different white, rosé, red, sparkling and liqueur wines. The presence of these names in the bottles is their guarantee of quality. These are selected wines, which have undergone strict control from their origin to bottling based on international rules of conduct. Although we have officially existed since 1991, our story begins before:
1986Portugal is part of the European Union and it leads to the restructuring of the wines designation, motivating a status definition of the Arrábida and Palmela wine regions, as well as the Moscatel de Setúbal Region, which now uses the name Setúbal D.O.
1991The Setúbal Peninsula Regional Vine and Wine Commission is born as an interprofessional and private law association.
1992The Ordinance for the Regional Wine Terras do Sado classification is published, covering the entire Setúbal district.
1997The Arrábida wine area is now part of Palmela's.
2004The “Institutional Reform of the Wine Sector” begins, which covers the operating rules of several wine entities. CVRPS is a pioneer in this process, having been one of the first Certifying Entities to emerge in Portugal.
2009The CVRPS Statutes are changed and the legal diplomas of the Production and Trade of Controlled Origin Designations are updated: Setúbal (Moscatel de Setúbal and Moscatel Roxo), Palmela and Geographical Indication (Regional Wine) Setúbal Peninsula.
2016Celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Setúbal Peninsula Regional Vine and Wine Commission.
WE WERE BORN TO CERTIFY AND TO PROMOTE THE SETÚBAL PENINSULA WINES.
Through strict control of the Setúbal Peninsula wine production process, apply the respective regulations, guaranteeing the origin, genuineness and quality, as well as promoting the D.O. Setúbal and Palmela and G.I. Setúbal Peninsula * in the national and international markets.
As an interprofessional and private non-profit law association, we link all our activity to certification, defense and promotion of D.O. designations. Setúbal, Palmela and G.I. Setúbal Peninsula. In this sense, we comply with numerous international rules, from the registration of the vineyards to their validation, as well as facilities inspection, wine tasting, reporting and generic promotion of regional wine products, among other activities.
Being recognized for quality is an arduous task that involves many actors and many phases. But this is the only way to guarantee that the certified product meets the most demanding criteria. To guarantee these criteria is to recognize the value and demands of the consumer. And that is why producers feel motivated to join the Region by voluntarily joining and willingly accepting to comply with the specifications of the Designations of Origin (D.O.) and Geographical Indication (G.I.). Learn about the CVRPS certifications and their differences:
D.O. | DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN
Designation that identifies the wine product regarding to its origin and production; quality or specific characteristics related to the geographical environment and natural and human factors. CVRPS certifies two types of wine with the Designation of Origin: D.O. Palmela and D.O. Setúbal.
A STRONG, UNIQUE, CHARISMATIC PERSONALITY.
Covering the municipalities of Setúbal, Palmela, Montijo and the parish of Castelo, in Sesimbra, the D.O. Palmela covers the same area as the D.O. Setúbal, but excludes the production of Moscatel de Setúbal. Here, in both reds and whites, there is a predominant use of certain grape varieties that make it possible to produce charismatic wines with strong personalities.
D.O. Palmela red wines must contain the grape Castelão, traditionally known as Periquita, in at least 67% of the must. With a deep tradition in the flat sandy areas, Castelão vineyards are naturally adapted to this terroir and it is there that it gets full expression. In this way, these wines have good natural acidity, present and ripe tannins, being quite aromatic and structured, with great aging capacity. Young and old are distinguished by their profile and aromas. While the younger are characterized by aromas such as cherry, currant and raspberry; the older ones include drier aromas, such as acorn and nuts.
Among the grape varieties suitable for the D.O. Palmela production, Fernão Pires, Moscatel de Setúbal and Arinto predominate. While the first two transmit their remarkable floral and tropical fruit aroma, the Arinto variety guarantees a solid and prolonged freshness, giving rise to well structured wines with floral and fruity aroma, which make them insinuating and very attractive.
The D.O. Palmela certification also covers still pink wines, sparkling, liqueur and semi-sparkling wines.
THE MOSCATEL REGION.
D.O. Setúbal wines are produced in a geographical region bounded by the municipalities of Setúbal, Palmela, Montijo and the parish of Castelo, Sesimbra. This area is exactly the same as the D.O. Palmela, but which, under this name, refers only to the fortified wines of the second oldest demarcated region in Portugal: the Moscatel de Setúbal. With a production area defined since 1907, despite its production dating way before that, it is, therefore, the pioneer region for this generous wine production whose delicacy and perfume, longevity, elegance and modernity make it unique and special. There are two types of D.O. Setúbal fortified wines: the Moscatel de Setúbal, produced with the white grape Moscatel de Setúbal, and the Moscatel Roxo de Setúbal, produced with the pink grape Moscatel Roxo. In order to receive certification, the presence of Moscatel or Moscatel Roxo varieties is mandatory in 85% of the blend (Community legislation), with the opening to use other varieties in addition, such as Arinto or Fernão Pires. However, it is worth remembering that, by tradition, the wine producers in the region have chosen to use 100% of Moscatel or Moscatel Roxo, transforming them into mono-varietal wines.
This white fortified wine is characterized by its special aroma and peculiar and unmistakable flavors; characteristics that comefrom the soil and climate conditions and, above all, from the Moscatel de Setúbal grape variety, considered the most aromatic in the world. Golden in color, ranging from clear topaz to amber, exotic floral aroma, hinting at orange blossom and linden, and even roses. In the new wines we cn find honey, citrus, lychees, pears and dates, while the older ones provide more complex and subtle aromas, with notes of dried fruits such as hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts.
Ferreira da Lapa described it as the “Fifth Essence of Muscats”, this generous wine is 100% produced from the grape Moscatel Roxo. Compared with wines from the Moscatel de Setúbal varietal, this fortified wine has a drier and more complex aroma, but one which is no less rich, as the taste exceeds the expectations created by the aroma, displaying a refined bouquet where spices, sour cherry and fig jams are highlighted.
G.I. | GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION (OR REGIONAL WINE)
G.I. SETÚBAL PENINSULA
G.I. Setúbal Peninsula, also called Setúbal Peninsula Regional Wine, covers all 13 counties in the Setúbal District. Here, the keyword is grape diversity. This G.I. allows to produce red and white wines with different personalities, but with a transversal quality, which appeals to a great diversity of consumers.
The diversity of grape varieties allowed in the production of these wines, along with the terroir heterogeneity, the Atlantic Ocean (which extends throughout the Tróia Peninsula and covers, in its extreme south, the municipality of Santiago do Cacém), leads to the production of wines of outstanding quality and different organoleptic characteristics, which meet a wide range of consumer preferences. There are varietal wines, made with some of the most important national grape varieties, such as Touriga Nacional, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira or Touriga Franca, and international ones, such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.