Adega de Penalva wines are delicious everyday examples of one of Portugal’s most intriguing appellations — the Dão. Perched above the Dão river itself as it snakes through its granite valleys, the Adega de Penalva is one of the leading cooperatives in the area, boasting around a thousand member growers. It’s important to note, though, that the average holding per member amounts to barely over a hectare—a figure that reminds us how tenaciously much of rural Portugal clings to its old ways. (On that note, all fruit destined for the ‘Indigena’ bottlings is hand-harvested.) Since its founding in the 1960s, the Adega has been collecting its members’ grapes and producing clean, characterful wines with a minimum of fuss that showcase real regional typicity while remaining extremely attractively priced.
Adega de Penalva Maceration Dao Branco is made with 40% Cerceal Branco, 30% Encruzado, 30% Malvasia Fina, hand-harvested from granite soils. Spontaneous fermentation, macerated on the skins for 20 days, aged for five months in used French barrels. Vegan-friendly.
This orange wine has fresh and floral aromas that lead to a palate of citrus and honey with a mouthwatering finish.