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As judging begins for the 2019 Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA), we met with Filipe Cardoso, winemaker at Sivipa, over a glass of their award-winning wine to find out all about plans for 2019.

Can you tell us about your winning wines from this year’s competition?

Our wine Terras do sado 2017 is a daily red wine from Portugal’s Peninsula de Setúbal, made mainly with Aragonês, Syrah and Alfrocheiro. Our other two medal winning wines were the Serra Mãe, Reserva, 2015 and the Serra Mãe, Castelão, 2015, which was praised for its great ageing potential.

What has happened following the win?

They were great awards to win and it was very important for the brand, for our company, and for Portugal. With this award we have been able to enter the UK market, but have also taken the wines to Brazil. We are delighted that in 2018 our sales in Portugal, China and Angola also increased considerably.

Why did you enter the competition?

As a winemaker I think the Sommelier Wine Awards is a great competition for gastronomic wines, and I think, when we achieve awards like this people look for the wine to sell in their restaurants – it’s so important for wine to be food friendly nowadays.

Can you tell us a little bit about the last harvest?

Unfortunately it was a difficult year in Portugal. In the beginning of August, we had very high temperatures that burnt a lot of the grapes. The harvest had less grapes, but the quality is good, so we’ll see how the finished product is shortly.

What’s next for Sivipa and your wines?

In 2019, we are investing in new filling machines, and we think it will be the best year in sales yet on Sivipa Wines. We will be entering the 2018 Terras do Sado in SWA, and we hope to have a big medal again to help our sales.

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