The 2021 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon will take place in Torres Vedras, Portugal.
The 12th Concours Mondial du Sauvignon will take place on 12 & 13 March 2021 in the Torres Vedras wine region, located in the heart of the Lisbon area. Over slightly more than 7,000 hectares, the region’s vineyards cover hillsides and mountains.
Torres Vedras is a town located approximately 50 kilometres North of Lisbon, just 30 minutes from the capital’s airport. The old town centre is steeped in history and has preserved remnants from the past and its striking architecture. Farming plays a major role in the area’s economic development, covering 45.3% of the town’s land.
Vines, forage crops, pastureland, cereals, fruit, potatoes and vegetables are among the region’s farming activities. Wine plays an essential role in Torres Vedras. In 2018, Torres Vedras and Alenquer were voted European Wine City. The nearby Atlantic lends the grapes their unique qualities, imparting the wines with the character and elegance that make them the perfect partners for the traditional bean tarts ‘Pastéis de Feijão’.
Vineyards stretch over the town’s entire footprint, growing on land that stems from the Jurassic system. From a geological perspective, the soils are mainly limestone classified as brown and red. The vines are planted on clayey soils with a medium texture, whilst those used for white wines can be medium-textured sand.
In the past, vines extended over more than 12,000 hectares but vineyard area has fallen over the past few years to approximately 7,000 ha. The local wines include robust, deeply coloured reds that are bone dry and will age for several years. Over time they develop qualities for which they are renowned, provided they have been properly bottled and stored.
The white wines display a light lemon-yellow hue and deliver bold yet nicely harnessed aromatics. Torres Vedras wines are highly sought-after as pairing partners for a wide range of local delicacies.