TORONTO — A group from Portugal’s largest wineries visited Canada recently to promote their vintages in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. This week, the group stopped in at George Brown College for a media event complete with a wine seminar, a luncheon featuring some of their products and a trade tasting.
The G7 consortium featured Aliança, Avelada, Bacalhoa, Jose Maria da Fonseca and Caves Messias, five innovative wineries that produce wines representing the seven main regions of Portugal, including Douro, Vinho Verde, Bairrada, Dao, Lisbon, Alentejo and Terras do Sado.While Portugal is renowned for its Port, the country is also home to several new and inspiring wines, showing diversity and originality of grape varieties and styles. As an example, Aliança wines have won awards in international competitions (with five medals in the Wine Challenge in London, a Winery of the Year accolade in 2003 by the Wine Magazine in Portugal and a listing on Wine Spectator’s 2005 Top 20 Value Oriented Wineries list). In Canada, the Aliança wines are represented by the Peter Mielzynski Agencies.