Cabo da Roca Wine? Yes, you read well. But are there vineyards at the westernmost point of Continental Europe? No, there’s not. However, there is Cabo da Roca wine. A couple of years before Casca Wines was established, I did an in-depth search for brands that would make sense in the then dream, which has since become a reality in the form of a company. And it was in this way that the Cabo da Roca wine brand was born. The Romans named it Promontorium Magnum. The poet XVI Luís de Camões makes reference to him in his work “Os Lusíadas”. And for me, Cabo da Roca is one of the main landmarks of my homeland, Cascais.
Cabo da Roca wine is the Atlantic expression of Casca Wines' wine portfolio. A brand for which we seek to “pull” the most Atlantic side of Portugal's coastal regions. Cabo da Roca Vinho Verde is one of the oldest wine references from Casca Wines and, although it was originally far from Cabo da Roca, it demonstrates the freshness and lightness that the Atlantic can print on white wine.
The origins of Cabo da Roca wines are various, with the Lisboa region having the greatest expression. In this region it is easy to feel the Atlantic influence, since to the west of the Serra de Montejunto the sea winds that blow from the North mark the character of the wines. Here it is easy to produce wines where salinity is felt and a good example of this are our Cabo da Roca whites and rosés. The reds, protected by Serra do Montejunto, reflect the Atlantic character through their liveliness in a firm structure unique in the country.
In another origin, as in the region of Peninsula de Setúbal, the Atlantic character is expressed differently, since the region is surrounded by water, either to the west, by the ocean, to the north, by the Tagus river or to the South, across the river Sado. Also here are the sandy soils that increase the sensation of heat in a region with an average annual humidity of around 80%.
Thus wines are produced with some salinity and markedly elegant, without losing firmness in their structure.
In the production of Cabo da Roca wines, we have to adapt to each of the “terroirs” where we produce.
Cabo da Roca Vinho Verde is produced in order to express the granitic soils typical of the Vinho Verde region, never forgetting the liveliness transmitted from a more pronounced acidity, typical of the region, and from the “spritz” so characteristic in Vinho Verde wines.
In the Lisbon region we look for clay-limestone soils close to the sea to produce white and rosé wines. In the case of Cabo da Roca Lisboa red wine, we look for clay soils, protected in valleys or south of the Serra de Montejunto, to produce reds with intense aromatic expression and a firm but soft structure.
On the sandy soils of the Peninsula de Setúbal region, white wines acquire a pronounced character from the region's “queen” variety, which is Moscatel Graúdo. In reds, the “commander” is Castelão, who imparts a maritime elegance to the blended wines we produce there.
Cabo da Roca wine can be purchased at El Corte Inglés stores. Naturally, you can always purchase this wine at our Cellar Door in Estoril. Or - even simpler - buy wine online conveniently through the Casca Wines website. And one thing is for sure, no matter where the bottle is from, you will feel that Cabo da Roca wine has an incredible quality / price ratio. Enjoy.