More than one hundred years after the creation of the Setúbal Controlled Denomination of Origin, Moscatel is today an icon of the region.
The D.O.C. de Setúbal is one of the oldest in the country, created on October 1, 1908. It exclusively covers white fortified wines, based on the Moscatel de Setúbal grape variety, or red, based on the Moscatel Roxo grape variety.
In both cases, the corresponding grape varieties must be present in at least 87 percent of the wort used, with the area of the D.O.C. covers the municipalities of Setúbal, Palmela and part of Sesimbra.
Muscat grapes, which name the fortified wine, are harvested very ripe, with fermentation interrupted with the addition of brandy, which gives, on average, 18º of alcohol and a sweet flavor.
The liquid ages for four years in 180-liter barrels. Only afterwards do you access the golden topaz color, the liqueur texture and the intense and unmistakable taste of an ideal nectar to accompany a dessert or a pleasant conversation through the night.
On the occasion of the centenary of the Setúbal Controlled Designation of Origin, the Vitivinicultural Commission and the City Council promoted the creation of the Moscatel de Setúbal Brotherhood, which took place on October 4, 2008.
The defense, enhancement and promotion of Moscatel de Setúbal are the main objectives of the confraternity made up of numerous entities linked to this generous wine, as well as several individuals from Portuguese society.
On the website of the Wine Route of the Setúbal Peninsula you will find more information about Moscatel, as well as other wines from the region and the main producers.