Wines/Portugal/Alentejo/Terras d'Alter

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In the sunny South of Portugal, just inland from the capital Lisbon in the region to the south of the Tejo river valley as it  makes its way from Spain out towards the Atlantic stretches a region known for its gentle hills, warm dry climate, cork-oak trees and grape vines.  This is the Alentejo ("across the Tejo.")

In the far inland sector bordering Spain, a district known as the Alto Alentejo, lies the village of Alter de Chao, and Terras d'Alter's vineyards lie on the nearby gentle hillsides.

Terras d'Alter is an exciting producer dedicated to making superb varietal wines as well as blends from a combination of native Portuguese and other Mediterranean grape varieties.  Founded in 2004 as a joint venture between Sociedade Agrícola das Antas and Sociedade Agrícola do Monte Barrão, family firms with centuries of agricultural history in Alto Alentejo, in cooperation with Peter Bright, world renowned oenologist, Alter works with traditional Portuguese varietals sourced primarily from the Antas and Monte Barrão vineyards in Fronteira and Alter do Chão, Peter Bright masterfully coaxes intense flavors of ripe berry and spice from the grapes grown under the Portuguese sun and blends them in the Company’s state of the art winery built in 2008 to create approachable wines.

Extraordinary quality and extraordinary values, these will change the way you think about Portuguese wines and winemaking!

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  TERRAS D'ALTER BRANCO

Siria 45%, Arinto 45%, Viognier 10%

 

 

 

 

Terras d'Alter | Siria                      

Siria 100%- crisp clean dry white

Terras d’Alter | Arinto                  

 Arinto 100%- bone dry, high acidity very bright.

Terras d’Alter | Verdelho            

Verdelho 100% - full flavored and crisp with melon and peach fruit.

 

 

 

 

 

TERRA D'ALTER RESERVA BRANCO

High altititude vineyards in the Alto Alentejo. Siria 25%, Arinto 25%, Verdelho 25%, Viosinho 10%, Gouveio 10%, Viognier 5% Fermented in barrique, aged in oak.

 

 

 

TERRA D'ALTER ROSADO

Touriga Nacional & Aragonez.

 

 

Alter Varietal Wines

Terra d’Alter | Alvarinho          

Alvarinho 100%- mouth watering and crisp with good fruit

Terra d’Alter | Aragonez            

Aragonez 100% - the local name for Tempranillo- lush and plummy.

Terra d’Alter | Alicante Bouschet       

Alicante Bouschet 100% - a “tenturier” (red-fleshed) grape filled with deep jammy fruit

 

alter Reserva Wines

TERRA D'ALTER RESERVA TINTO

High altititude vineyards in the Alto Alentejo. 30% Trincadeira, 30% Tinta Caiada, 20% Aragonez, 15% Alicante Bouschet and 5% Petit Verdot. 22 months in oak.

TERRA D'ALTER TINTO

Aragonez 45%, Trincadeira 45%, Syrah 10%

 

 

 

Terra d’Alter | Touriga Nacional       

Touriga Nacional 100%- the finest grape of the Douro region- ripe and jammy with tons of black pepper

Terra d’Alter | Alfrochiero       

Alfrochiero 100% - the most Burgundian of Portuguese native varietals, supple and elegant with fruit and spicebox aromas.