Producers of the Lisbon Wine Demarcated Region begin the 2019 harvests “with great optimism”, provided by the “promising quality of grapes” and the “continued certification and sales growth of around 20% breaking the absolute records reached in 2018 ”, Informs a note from the Lisbon Region Wine Commission (CVR Lisboa).
The collective harvest insurance policy covered about 5,000 hectares according to the board of this Commission, more than 50% of the certified vineyards of the Region with a safe capital of 20 million euros (value of insured grapes). “Despite the forecast of about 10% production drop, optimism reigns and we are confident that once again the quality in the diversity of the region will be confirmed, something that the market and consumers are looking for and valuing”, says the president of CVR Lisboa, Francisco Toscano Rico.
Wines from the Lisbon Region have been focusing on the restructuring of their vineyards for the last 10 years with good grape varieties and new planting models aimed at quality, sustainability and competitiveness. CVR Lisboa is the entity responsible for the promotion and certification of Lisboa Regional wines and DOC’s Alenquer, Arruda, Bucelas, Carcavelos (fortified wines), Colares, Encostas d’Aire, Lourinhã (spirits), Óbidos and Torres Vedras.
Lisbon wines are exported to over 80 countries, with the main markets being Europe (with emphasis on the United Kingdom, Poland and Scandinavia), the USA, Canada, Brazil, Angola, China and Japan, Australia. CVR Lisboa wines have entered 10 new markets this year leading to an increase in the number of exporters. More than half of the producers already export outside the European Union, according to the Commission.