Best regional wine to keep in your cupboard

Ten Portuguese wines have been chosen to feature in the ‘Top 100 Cellar Selections 2012’ register of the prestigious American magazine, Wine Enthusiast.

The highest-ranked Portuguese wine was the Douro-produced Quinta do Vale Meão 2009 red which was placed 12th. The list recommends the world’s best wines to store and quaff in years to come.

The wine was complimented by the magazine in a statement: “With its concentration and dark tannins, this is a wine that will need many years of ageing. It is a serious combination of great style and great power. From one of the top Douro vineyards, this is a wine with an impressive, long-lasting sense of presence.”

Other wines on the list include the Quinta da Romaneira 2008 red (27th place), the Quinta do Vale Meão 2008 red (32nd place), the Taylor Fladgate 2009 Vintage Port (36th place), Quinta do Crasto 2009 Reserva Vinhas Velhas (48th place), Niepoort 2009 Vintage Port (75th place) and the Prats & Symington LDA 2009 Chryseia (94th place).

With three wines on the list, the Alentejo proudly sees the Herdade do Esporão 2008 Touriga Nacional in 18th place, the Cartuxa 2009 Pêra Manca white in 67th place and the Luís Duarte 2010 Rubrica white in 91st place.

Portugal’s success sees the country dominating the list in 4th place, ahead of wine producing countries such as Spain, Argentina, Chile and Australia.

France and Italy are two European countries with more wines on the list than Portugal, with the United States on the first place with 36 wines.