14 of November of 2017
Setúbal’s Moscatel, an ex-libris of the Wine Region of the Setúbal Peninsula, internationally recognized for its quality and authenticity, influenced by the unique geographical and climatic conditions in the region, celebrates this year the 110 years of recognition of its importance and quality, culminating with the demarcation of its productive region (now the Peninsula of Setúbal) and its legal protection. To celebrate this anniversary, the Confraternity of the Moscatel de Setúbal will promote, on November 24th, its III Great Chapter, in the Hall of the Town Hall of Setúbal, where new confreres will be enthroned, who will commit themselves to defend, promote and value the Moscatel de Setúbal.
It was in 1907 that the Demarcated Region of Setúbal Moscatel was created, and the discipline of production and commerce of this generous wine was regulated the following year, yet the history of its production has been documented since the 13th century. There were several cuts in Europe that regularly consumed this liqueur, with a strong citrus, sweet and ‘compoteado’ character. In 1381, King Richard II of England mentioned the importation of Muscatel from Setubal, and in the seventeenth century, Louis XIV – the ‘Sun King’, did not dispense him at the festivals of Versailles. The secular history of the Moscatel de Setúbal continues its glorious path and has added, in the most recent history, innumerable international awards and distinctions. In recent years, the podium of the prestigious French Muscats du Monde competition – which has put hundreds of Moscateis to the test around the world – has invariably setúbal liqueurs in the TOP 10 of the highest scores – and has seen three times a Moscatel Setúbal or a Moscatel Roxo de Setúbal win this competition.
And if wines from the Moscatel caste proliferate around the world, it is in Setúbal that the style gains a unique identity, a result of the complicity between nature and man. This terroir, cradle of the Moscatel de Setúbal, is unrepeatable: together with the annual precipitation of 550 to 750 milliliters, 2200 hours of sunshine poured over sandy and calcareous clay soils, all tempered with a hand full of Atlantic freshness. This combination results in fresh and elegant wines, simultaneously silky and unctuous, together with an incisive and uncompromising acidity that adds tension and nerve at the end of the mouth.
This generous is part of the culture, tradition and way of life of the Setúbal Peninsula and although fame and prestige come from far and wide the production of Moscatel de Setúbal remains limited. The current area of vineyard suitable for the production of Moscatel Setúbal is now 540 hectares and for the Purple Moscatel de Setúbal there are now 42 hectares in production. By the end of the 20th century, the Moscatel Roxo de Setúbal grape variety had been reduced to only one hectare and had been replanted at a good pace since the beginning of this century, particularly in the last decade, becoming one of the most sought after, inside and outside the country, by wine lovers.
According to Henrique Soares, president of the Wine Commission of the Peninsula of Setúbal, in the last two decades there has been a strong restructuring and investment in the vineyards and wineries of the Peninsula of Setúbal, which has allowed for the production of Moscatel de Setúbal with a more generalized in the medium / long term. At the moment the region counts on 19 producers of Muscat of Setúbal, being that almost all also they produce Moscatel Roxo de Setúbal (in the transition of century XX to the present there were only 3 producers of Moscatel of Setúbal). In 2016, these producers were responsible for the certification of 1 602 932.65 liters of wines with Denomination of Origin of Setúbal (Moscatel de Setúbal and Moscatel Roxo de Setúbal). Since 2000, the cumulative growth recorded by the CVRPS has been 60%. This percentage translates into an increase of 600 thousand liters of wine produced and marketed in a space of 16 years, which gives an annualized growth of 3.75% per year.
PRODUCERS AND / OR ENGRAVADORES OF MOSCATEL DE SETÚBAL
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