First produced in 1850, this is widely seen as the original branded red wine in Portugal. The Castelão fruit, then and now, comes from the Setúbal Peninsula. It gives a crisp, juicy and light wine with soft tannins. There is some spice, although the main thrust of this wine is delicious red fruit. Drink now.
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.