What am I: Winemaker Luis Sousa is the guardian of some of the most important vinous heritage in Portugal, but you would never know that due to his humble and quiet demeanor. To this day, his main job is driving trains for the Portuguese train service, and making wine is mainly a side-job for him. These wines are strictly non-commercial. Formerly, they were only made for family and for local people in and around the village of Favacal, near the city of Ourém, Lisbon province.
This traditional red wine from Carlos Sousa is remarkable for its value and artisanship. Spontaneously fermented in lagar (open tank) and tread by foot, this blend of Touriga Nacional and Tricadeira from the Sousa family vineyards is a powerhouse of blueberry, plum, and solid tannic grip. If you like big reds and are craving one as autumn and winter appear on the horizon, this is a fantastic choice, and best of all, it won't break the bank.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Lisboa
Grape Varieties: Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira
Alcohol by volume: 16%