In a secluded valley in the Serra da Sao Mamede, Alto Alentejo, Portugal.

Pedra Basta Alentejo wine from Quinta do Centro, Portugal.

Pedra Basta Red Alentejo Wine

Pedra Basta Red Alentejo Wine

Pedra Basta Red Alentejo Wine reverse label

Pedra Basta Red Alentejo Wine

Category: Favourite Local

There are two incarnations of Pedra Basta. There is a 2013 vintage of Syrah and Viognier but the version I talk about here is the older version with Portuguese grape varieties.

Pedra Basta means "enough stone" and it refers to the rockiness of the vineyard site at the south of the Serra de Sao Mamede hills. The vineyard is also close to the hamlet of Pedra Basta in the parish of Reguengo, Portalegre.

They say the first impression is a lasting impression but when it comes to wine I'm not so sure. The first sniff and sip certainly impressed me but the impression was "French". It wasn't until half way through the glass the wine became gloriously Alentejan, soft and elegant.

The French impression comes from the wine being aged in new and second year French oak, as it says on the label. There's some Cabernet Sauvignon too but I'd be pushing it to claim I detected it.

Of all the wines in the Favourite Local list this one is by far the best and at about 11 to 12.50 Euro it is several Euro more than any other. In this case you really do get what you pay for and it is a delight.

One of the wine making partners is Richard Mayson who has written several books on Portuguese wines and his journalism has appeared in the esteemed Decanter Magazine in the UK.

Grape Varieties: Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet and Grand Noir. Harvested by hand, fermented in Lagares with maceration of 4 weeks, producing only 3000 bottles.

The harvest was by hand, fermentation was in small stainless steel conical vats and lagares with 4 Weeks maceration producing 14,000 bottles.

What it says on the label.

Quote openPedra Basta is the result of a partnership between English wine writer Richard Mayson and Portuguese wine maker Rui Reguinga. The wine is made from a blend of Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet and Cabernet Sauvignon planted at Quinta do Centro near Portalegre on the westerly slopes of the Serra de Sao Mamede, the highest mountain range in Southern Portugal.

Named after the amount of stone (granite) found in the vineyard, Pedra Basta is a full-flavoured red aged for 12 months in new and second year Frech oak.Quote close

Where to find Pedra Basta.

You might not see this wine (and Duas Pedras) in the main supermarkets. It appears in some of the Artesanato shops and local speciality produce shops in places where tourist would go. It also appears in better restaurants. In Portalegre you might find it in the delicatessen at the top of the steps by the entrance to Pingo Doce which is at the top of the main central park.

Pedra Basta is usually on sale at the kiosk in Portagem (near Marvao) next to the swimming pool and tennis courts. A 2016 price being 11 Euro.

Taking a moment to enjoy the Syrah Viognier Pedra Basta 2103.

Pedra Basta Syrah Viognier