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Tiny DOC area (also Collares) on the Atlantic coast Portugal north of Lisbon in the region Estremadura, The vineyards, surrounded by Atlantic winds, between the small town of Sintra (where the palace was the summer residence of the Portuguese kings) and the Atlantic Ocean lie on sandy soil up to three meters deep, which is why the area remained in the 19th century phylloxera spared (see also under Sandweinpension ). The predominant indigenous red variety Ramisco is grown rootless and must drill its roots in the deeply underlying clay layer. The creation of new vineyards is very difficult, because the thick layer of sand must be dug to get to the clay. From the sandy bottom, a dark and tannic red wine from at least 80% Ramisco is pressed, which is aged for up to three years in a wooden barrel. At best, the wine that can be stored for decades should only be opened after 10 to 15 years. A lower quality comes from the firmer soil a little further from the coast, this is usually sold for cuttings in the barrel. From mainly Malvasia de Colares, as Arinto. Galego Dourado and Jampal is pressed in small quantities a white variant. The wine is threatened with extinction. The most famous of the few producers is Antonio Bernardino Paulo da Silva.
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