The name astrolabe is a reference to the instrument's importance to the Portuguese navigators as they rounded the world in the 15th century. The wine is more earthbound, tied firmly to the Dão grapes and a finely structured character.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.