With one sip, Mateus Dry Rosé transports you to the coastal beaches of Portugal, where the sun beams down with intensity and begs for a refreshing glass of rosé that stands out in summer’s sea of pink. Whether you are poolside, patio dining al fresco or enjoying the sound of waves crashing on the beach, show your sense of individuality and uncover the new shape of rosé.
Mateus was launched in 1942 by Fernando Van Zeller Guedes, Sogrape founder and visionary who created the first Rosé wine from Portugal. Sold in a curved bottle that was inspired by the flasks used by soldiers in the First World War. Mateus is known for its quality and consistency and is one of the top Portuguese wine in the world. More than 20 million bottles are sold in 120 countries around the world: 38 bottles every minute. After 75 years, Mateus is reinventing the Rosé category yet again with Mateus Dry.
Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.
While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines of various styles.
The Douro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.
Other dry wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.
The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.
Whether it’s playful and fun or savory and serious, most rosé today is not your grandmother’s White Zinfandel, though that category remains strong. Pink wine has recently become quite trendy, and this time around it’s commonly quite dry. Since the pigment in red wines comes from keeping fermenting juice in contact with the grape skins for an extended period, it follows that a pink wine can be made using just a brief period of skin contact—usually just a couple of days. The resulting color depends on grape variety and winemaking style, ranging from pale salmon to deep magenta.