Moscatel Roxo Venâncio da Costa Lima
places Portugal in 1st place in the world oldest international wine competition
Having won the “Prix Special in the fortified wines category” with Moscatel Roxo, Venâncio da Costa Lima brings to Portugal the most important trophy of the Challenge International du Vin, the oldest wine competition in the world. This prize awards the “best among the best” of a category, and stretches the impressive awards record of this Setúbal Peninsula wine producer.
The Challenge International du Vin, which runs for over 40 years in Bordeaux, is the oldest international wine competition in the world, and the largest one in France. Every spring more than 5,000 wines from 37 countries are tasted by 700 professionals, wine experts and wine lovers.
The Moscatel Roxo Venâncio da Costa Lima 2013 won the single “Prix Special” awarded to a Portuguese wine this year: the prize is announced after all the gold medals are awarded, when the medals are re-evaluated and the best of each category is chosen. In the fortified wines category it surpassed 49 wines from five countries, in a total of 23 medals.
Since 1914 Venâncio da Costa Lima’s family has been perfecting the art of making the best Moscatel. This new wine is the result of the vision of the team led by oenologist Fausto Lourenço, and was made from the rare Moscatel Roxo grape variety, an exclusive muscat variety of the appellation. Launched with the 2012 vintage, only this year it entered the international competitions.
Moscatel Roxo’s Prix Special adds to an impressive row of awards: in early 2017, Venâncio da Costa Lima’s Moscatel de Setúbal 30 Anos was chosen by the Revista de Vinhos as one of Great Wines of Portugal, having had 93/100 points by Robert Parker in 2015. The Moscatel de Setúbal Reserva 2006 was recognized as the world’s best in the French contest “Muscats du Monde” in 2011, having obtained the maximum classification among 210 muscat wines.