Alicante Bouschet is one of the only known grapes to have red skin and pulp – this rare characteristic imparts deep color and structure to blends, so it’s highly prized by winemakers. But when the innovative José Neiva bottled it solo (not in a blend), his friends called him aluado – crazy, or moonstruck. José had the last laugh though: this inviting red has earned a slew of international accolades, including three gold medals ( Portugal Wine Trophy, Mundus Vini and Berliner Wein Trophy ) and a 90-Point, Top 100 Best-Buy Rating from Wine Enthusiast. You’d be crazy not to try it!
José Neiva is “better than anyone at delivering ripe, New World flavors from traditional grapes” (Tim Atkin, MW). José’s talent has earned him heaps of international acclaim, including the Red Wine of the Year Trophy at the IWC (an award he won not once, but twice). He crafts this vibrant, modern red on his own estate, Quinta do Porto Franco, where he’s the fourth generation of his family to make wine.