Since 1945, our wine direct from the producer of the brand Vale Joaninho combine the experience and tradition in four generations of winemakers who made this unmistakable wine red and White from various grape varieties grown in clay-limestone soils. The name of the Vale Joaninho brand comes from one of the properties where grapes are produced, which bears this name.
When we taste a wine, we try identify and to assess "That" taste in particular. There are influential factors in the manufacture of a wine, such as: the soil and the subsoil; the location and altitude; the region's climate; viticulture work; the process as the wine is made; the year of the harvest (related to climatic factors); and, finally, the variety or grape varieties that compose it.
Thus, the set of distinctive factors in the grape production and in making a wine we call “terroir”.
Between the slopes of Serra de Montejunto, facing South and West and the banks of the Tejo River, the municipality of Alenquer, in a sequence of hills and valleys, of densely cultivated land, where the vine marks an almost constant presence.
You may not know that the best wines are grown on poor soil! The more the vineyard needs to make an effort to reach the ground and sometimes even to reach the mother rock, the better the wine will be. The clay-limestone soil of the Alenquer and Montejunto region is characterized by water retention and drainage, thanks to the limestone and the clay's own freshness. This combination allows for many nutrients from organic matter and minerals such as quartz and zircon. Therefore, and thanks to these factors, wines produced on clay-limestone soils acquire quality, character and refinement.
Aroma and Flavor of Our Wine
Red Vale Joaninho:
It has a dark garnet color. In the aromas, red fruits and wood stand out, with some leather notes. It is a round wine, ripe, full-bodied, but smooth, which distributes very well in the mouth. With a long and elegant finish. For this reason, it goes well with roasted or stewed meat dishes, cod, cheese and desserts with chocolate and fruit.
White Vale Joaninho:
With a pale straw color. It has a mild aroma. It is a fruity, balanced wine, which is not acidic, but is refreshing. Notes of citrus, apple and pear stand out. It goes well not only with fish and seafood dishes, but also grilled meat and light desserts ideal for summer.
Our grape varieties
According to the experience and knowledge of our soils in the Serra do Montejunto, we choose the most suitable variety for each soil. So we have white grape varieties, such as Seara Nova, Vital and Arinto and red varieties, such as Caladoc, Alicante Bouschet and Syrah.
Finally, the taste of our wine directly from the producer is strongly influenced by the different grape varieties, even if it is made from a mixture of grape varieties. Then, knowing how to detect them through aromas and flavors is one of the most difficult arts in wine culture. So it takes a lot of practice and knowledge, but it is always worth starting this complex learning process so that you can choose the wine that best suits your meal.
Alicante Bouschet: called “tintureira” grape because it provides intense wines with a rich color, it brings volume, structure, concentration and good aging capacity to the wines. Its aromas are wild fruits and cocoa.
Caladoc: Caladoc grapes produce wines with dark red tones and significant amounts of tannin. In blends, they contribute to the wine's aroma, sharing many of the fruity aromas of its predecessor grapes.
Syrah: it is said to be one of the oldest grape varieties in the world. It has an aroma of dark wild fruits, smoked, pepper and truffles. It produces soft and inviting wines, with a high potential for aging and aging.
White grape varieties:
Arinto: it has a good acidity, with an intense aroma of tropical fruits. It provides young, refreshing wines, with notes of green apple, lime and lemon.
Seara Nova: produces wines with medium to high alcohol content and medium fixed acidity. It has a fruity aroma, with a certain distinction and complexity. In the flavor it denotes freshness and persistence.
Vital: autochthonous white grape variety, suitable for light and young wines, with a medium grade, fruity, balanced and delicate, while young. The storage of these wines in barrels leads to an improvement in aging.