The town of Anadia, in Portugal’s Bairrada region, is hosting the sparkling wine session of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. Judges will evaluate sparkling wines from across the globe in the Bairrada Wine Museum from 1 to 3 July 2022.

People often forget that Portugal is the European Union’s fifth largest wine producing country. Suffice it to say that the western side of the Iberian Peninsula is home to a treasure trove of absolute gems just waiting to be discovered. Bairrada is a DOC set in the region of Beiras, in central Portugal. It is renowned for its rich, deeply coloured red wines made from the Baga, Castelão, Alfrocheiro, Camarate and Rufete grape varieties. Beiras is a fairly extensive region, stretching from the Atlantic coast to the border with Spain. It was one of the country’s first regions to adopt and explore sparkling wines, a style that is still popular in the region. The cool, damp climate promotes production of this particular style, providing grapes that have high acidities and low alcohol.

About the competition :

The Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is an international competition where over 10,000 wines are entered by producers to be tasted and judged by a panel of experts. Our experienced wine tasters judge the competing wines with a single-minded purpose, and that is to select wines of irreproachable quality with no biases stemming from the label or an appellation’s prestige. The competition is one of the leading events of its kind in the world.

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