Cortém is an organic boutique winery producing several different red wines and one late harvest white wine, all with unique and interesting flavours. We are able do do this by making small lots of wine, usually about 3000 bottles per lot but sometimes less, and taking advantage of the 15 different grape varieties growing in our vineyards. Our wines are dry, with robust but soft tannins, and are not typically portugese in style. Some wine critics have been said that they are like wines from Bordeaux! Our various wine awards confirm that our wines have international attraction but what our customers think is most important for us!
Our wine blends are still in the experimental stage and finding the most interesting blends is still a work in progress. However six blends have emerged that we make every year. Our aim is to make wines where one can recognise and enjoy the different grape varieties and that special Cortém taste. "Saude!"
For this it is our policy not to use oak in any shape or form in the aging process. Our wines are produced with out any additives or fining agents except sulphite in low concentrations to stabilise the wine.
Underneath a list of the grape varieties we have in our vineyards.
Whites: Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
Reds: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Jaen, Tinto Cao, Syrah, Aragonez, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Tannat, Petit Verdot, Petite Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere.
Our available wines can be viewed below:
© Vinhos Cortem - Chris Price & Helga Wagner