Vinhas da Ciderma-video tasting note w/the winemaker

I was wandering around the Annual Wines of Portugal tasting the other day at Lord’s Cricket Ground (one day I must get there to see an actual cricket match as opposed to just going and sampling wine) looking for good value red wines.

I came across Vinhas da Ciderma and their winemaker Monica Figueiredo pouring their range of reds from the Douro Valley. Monica has been making wine at Vinhas da Ciderma since 2002. She uses only Douru Valley varietals and has made consistently excellent wines, gaining wide acclaim in the US from The Wine Spectator. She focuses on portuguese varietals tinta nacional, tinta roriz, tinta franca, tinta barroca and even the almost forgotten tinta francisca to produce full bodied yet fresh wines that can only be from the Douro Valley.

One of my favourites was the Donzel Douro DOC Reserva 2005. A blend of tinta franca, tinta roriz and tinta francisca, aged 9 months in America oak, click on the vid to hear our tasting notes. Estimated retail price £10.


  1. thepenfoldsman /

    Donzel Douro DOC Reserva 2005 was amongst 6 samples sent by Monica to Australia towards the end of last year. Great wine !! This wine is now available in Australia through the Online Web Site “Winedor”

  2. I know both of these lovely girls!!!! Great to see that you Denise met Monica, a very nice girl, at the Wines of Portugal tasting!

    Will I see you at the LIWF?

    • Hi Oscar! Yes, I will be at the LIWF, all 3 days of course! It was great to meet Monica, a fab winemaker and lovely person. See you next week! 😀

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