The Antão Vaz caste is one of the most important caste varieties of the Alentejo. The Antão Vaz caste expresses itself with greater eloquence in Vidigueira, having gained such a reputation for complexity and wisdom that it was catapulted into regional stardom.
It’s a consensual, rustic caste, but well adapted to the hot and sunny climate of the great plains, consistent and productive, with a predictable and consistent way of maturing. It has voluminous and averagely compact clusters, with large grapes and a tough skin. As a rule, they originate structured, full-bodied and robust wines. Unique wines announce exuberant aromas, with notes of ripe tropical fruit, tangerine peel and mineral suggestions, with a structured and dense body. When harvested early, it provides vibrant wines in aroma, tempered by a firm acidity. If left on the vine, it can achieve a high alcoholic degree, making it a good candidate for ageing in wooden barrels. It is regularly associated with the Roupeiro and Arinto castes, which adds a refreshing acidity to it.
When harvested early, it provides vibrant wines in aroma, tempered by a firm acidity.
Wines that are generally of a light citric colour and medium intensity present great finesse and complexity, where mature tropical fruit notes stand out; of a high alcohol content, in the mouth – the wines are soft, slightly acidulous and structured, with a persistent and harmonious end.