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The mountain estates of the Almeida Garrett family lie in the highest part of Portugal, the Serra de Estrela. They are descended from a famous literary figure - a kind of Portuguese Samuel Pepys'. The mountain air gives great conditions for the slow ripening of the fruit, giving, in turn, great wine. Our Portada white wine


Portada white, Lisboa region                                                         


Fresh, rounded, but lemon fresh- a combination of Chardonnay and Moscatel


Entre Serras red, Beiras, Almeida Garrett                                                                                                                       


Rich deep colour, packed with fruit and deliciously smooth


Dão wines

The wines of the Dão are arguably the truest of Portugal's 'classic' wines. The recipe is unchanged, but the character is now more modern. Great red fruit character, good acidity giving juiciness, but also enough tannin to make these wines excellent with food. They are elegant rather than powerful. Mid-bodied and just 13% alcohol is the norm. The whites are lemon fresh.


Opta Dão white                                                                                                                                                          


Opta Dão red                                                                                                                                                              


Opta Dão rose                                                                                                                                                           


Quinta da Fonte do Ouro, Dão red                                                                                                                  



Vinho Tinto (Red Wines)

From the Douro region...

You like Tempranillo? Well it’s also grown in Portugal, Where it’s also called Tinta Roriz in the Douro valley. It’s key ingredient of all the Douro reds. Like these below...

Pomares red     


A delicious oak aged red, a silver medal winner in the International Wine Challenge


Quinta Nova                                                                                                                                             


From the same grapes that make port this is an unoaked, rich, dense and smooth red     


Tons de Duorum                                                                                                                                      


From the Douro valley. This is a new wine which has been greatly reviewed by wine critics.

 Purple fruits and subtle oak


Duorum, Colheita                                                                                                                                 


‘colheita’ just means vintage (or collection of the grapes). This is aged in French oak barrels


From the Tejo region...

Terra de Lobos                                                                                                                                         


An harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon & Castelao.  Medium bodied, smooth and fruity


Conde de Vimioso                                                                                                                                    


Made from a mix of French and Portuguese varietals, this is a full bodied wine packed with flavour


From the Alentejo...

Marques de Borba                                                                                                                                  


A rich style, figgy, cedary, complex wine, made entirely from Portuguese varieties – Mostly Aragones & Trincanderia



A blend of Portuguese grape varieties giving a smooth satisfying wine

JP Ramos Trincadeira                                                                                                                             


Smoky character, damson fruit, exceptional


From the Beiras region...

Dao, Sao Domingos                                                                                                                                 


Classic Dao.   An old Alvaro’s favourite                                                                                 

half bottle    £13.90

Almeida Garrett Touriga Nacional                                                                                                   


This famous grape is used in port production giving deep coloured wine with a hint of violets


Vinho Branco (White Wines)


Terra de Lobos white                                                                                                                             


A gorgeous blend of Sauvignon blanc & Fernao Pires. Fresh, dry and crisp with a real ‘zip’ of sauvignon

Almeida Garrett Chardonnay, ‘Mountain Wine’                                                                          


Growing high in the Serra de Estrela mountains, Chardonnay has been here more than 100 years. Touch of oak

Pomares white, Douro                                                                                                                           


One of the excellent new whites from the Douro.   Dry, flinty, with mineral tones and a light touch of oak

Bairrada Sao Domingos                                                                                                                        


Made from Bical and Maria Gomes grapes. Lemony, clean and crisp

Falcoaria, Tejo                                                                                                                                          


Crisp and dry with an excellent peach like bouquet. Lightly oaked, Burgundy-like.


Vinho Verde & Rosé


Cazas Novas, Vinho Verde, Avesso grape variety                                                                        


Really lovely quality, mineral, peach white wine with some floral notes. No bubbles this is still wine of 12%alc

AlvarinhoVinho Verde deu la deu 2011                                                                                          


Superb steely dry Vinho Verde, light and fruity. One of the best


New wave Vinho Verde – Casal de Ventozela estate

No bubbles anymore (well maybe the faintest tingle), and the wine has 11-12%alcohol. Welcome to the brave new world of modern-look Vinho Verde wines. Semi-aromatic and bursting with fresh flavours. Be amazed by these single variety wines from Casal de Ventozela.



Lemon and lime flavours



Steely, structured, powerful and with good acidity



Rosé that us just bursting with fruit. Crisp and refreshing too

Mateus Rosé                                                                                                                                              


A long time favourite, reasonably sweet and very fruity



Italian Wines


Pinot Grigio Friuli Aquileia DOC, Zonin Classici

Delicately fruity, relatively full and ample with an ensemble of aromas of great finesse.   Lightly dry yet extremely fresh.                                                                                               


Chardonnay Friuli Aquileia DOC, Zonin Classici

Intense and extremely fresh, with notes of elderflower, banana and Golden Delicious apples. Its acidity is excellent and emphasizes the wine’s freshness.                                       


Sauvignon Blanc, Mapachi Chile (Not Italy)

Straw yellow with green reflections and a delicate bouquet with notes of fruit and blossom. The flavour is dry, elegant and appealing.                                                                                                    


Gavi di Gavi DOCG, Cossetti

Straw yellow in colour with greenish reflections, the bouquet is delicate and fruity.               



Italian Red wines


Merlot delle Venezie ICT, Zonin Zlassici

Captivating because of its freshness and its delicious vinosity in combination with a delightful abundance of plum and fruit notes                                                                                                        


Cabernet Friuli Aquileia DOC, Zonin Classici

Pleasantly full and fresh with outstanding fruitiness and an appealing leafiness.  Dry, lightly tannic, full bodied, generous with a well balanced and a pleasantly lingering finish.                          


Chianti DOCG, Zonin Classici

Characteristically intense, fine and elegant and distinguished by an elegant scent of violets and tenuous perfumes of wild berries.                                                                                                          


Valpolicella Classico DOC, , Zonin Classici

Ample and remarkably complex, with vinous tones and well defined scents of bitter  almonds against a tenous background of wild berries.                                                                                                   


Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore, Zonin Jewels

Ample and remarkably complex, with vinous tones and well-defined scents of cherries against a background of chocolate mocca.  Dry on the palate, smooth and with, great richness                


Barolo DOCG, Poggio le Coste

Intense garnet red in colour with a persistent bouquet that has aromas of wild berries, cocoa and spices. The flavour is warm with soft, elegant tannins.                                                                        


Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG , Zonin Jewels

Round, smoky and solid, this wine has a ripe black cherry and plum flavours. It has a big structure, and perfectly balanced tannins, alcohol and acidity.                                                                           



French Red Wines


Fleurie, Domain Guy Sabon                                                                                                                  


Gevrey Chambertin, Vieille Vignes, Domain Tortochot                                                              


Nuits St George, premier cru Domaine Alain Michelot                                                             


Cotes du Rhone, Pierre Amadeu                                                                                                          


Half bottle £16.50


French White Wines


Chablis, Daniel Dampt                                                                                                                           


 Half bottle £19.90

Chablis prtemier cru ‘Fourchaume’                                                                                                 


Meursault Domaine Bouz                                                                                                                      


Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru                                                                                                                


Sancerre Domaine silvain Bailly                                                                                                       


Half bottle £19.00

Muscadet Sur Lie, Domaine de la Chauviniere                                                                             


Gewurztraminer, Maison Koenig                                                                                                       



German Wines


Niersteiner Gutes Domtal                                                                                                                     


Haardter Manderling Riesling kabinett Trocken                                                                       


Carafe Wine

Red, White or Rosé                                                                                                             

1 Litre              £19.90

1/2Litre            £9.90

175ml glass     £4.80

125ml glass     £3.60


Champagne & Sparkling wine



Our special vintage Portuguese bubbly. It is made by the traditional Champagne method, has a fine mousse and an elegant style. ‘Monge’ means monk and is a cheeky reference to the French monk Dom Perignon, Father of all champagnes.**Highly recommended.                                                           


Prosecco DOC Cuvèe 1821, Zonin Prosecco                                                 

Glass £6.95 bottle  £23.95

Rosamaro Spumante Negromaro Brut (Italy) 

Glass £6.50  bottle £26.00

Sao Domingos Rosé bruto                                                                                                                     


Asti Martini                                                                                                                                                 


Moet & Chandon                                                                                                                                      


Half bottle £29.50

Lanson Black label brut                                                                                                                        


Moet & Chandon Rosé                                                                                                                           


Mimm Cordon rouge brut                                                                                                                      


Bollinger special cuvee brut                                                                                                                


Laurent Perrier Rosé                                                                                                                         


Dom Perignon vintage                                                                                                                        




Cristal vintage                                                                                                                                         



Wines from the Private Cellar


Conde de Vimioso reserva 2011, Ribatejo                                                                                      


A truly fine Portuguese wine made from a complex combination of five different grape varieties, including Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Duorum Reserva 2009 red, Douro                                                                                                     


This is the first reserve wine made at this new estate high in the Upper Douro. Rich, deep coloured, good balancing acidity and a captivating minerality – think pencil lead – a beautiful, if young, wine.

Falcoaria reserve 2011 red, Ribatejo                                                                                              


This is a wine from a hotter year, resulting in ripe fruits, rounded mouthfeel, and a warm and satisfying wine, with more immediate appeal. Aged in French oak barrels for 9-12 months.

Quinta Nova reserve 2012, Douro                                                                                                     


Situated on the northern banks of the river Douro facing the hot sone this is a super ripe, dense and powerful red aged in new French oak barrels. A big wine!

Quinta de Foz de Arouce is a famous and respected wine estate in central Portugal with a long history. They are not slaves to fashion and make classic wines in the old style. Great concentration, finesse and depth of flavour are the hallmarks of these much sought after wines. We are privileged to have secured a small allocation of the wine.


Quinta de Foz de Arouce (White) 2009, Beiras                                                                             


Made from the Sercial grape variety, normally found in Madeira wines, the wine has been aged in French oak barrels. Good acidity, honey aromas, and fry finish. Superb wine.


Quinta de Foz de Arouce (Red) 2007, ‘Vinha Velhas de Santa Maria’                                 


Vinhas Velhas denotes a wine made from old and venerable vines, which produce very few grapes of high concentration. Aged for 18 months in French oak, this wine is now nearing full maturity.


Vila Santa reserve red 2012/14, Alentejo                                                                                    


Lovely ripe, rich Alentejo red. The hottest part of Portugal make big rustic, hearty reds with a surprising level of finesse. Smooth as velvet.


Marques de Borba reserve 2012, Alentejo                                                                                     


Without question the finest wine in our Fine Wine cellar selection. The nose in bursting with ripe, dark fruit aromas, even before you taste the wine. Words are not enough – you have to try this truly great wine. Aged for a year in the finest French oak barrels, it is a stunning wine, not to be missed.

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