No ribbon to cut, no plaque to unveil just 50 or so people and an afternoon party.Boda molhado, abençado. A wet wedding is blessed, so goes the saying in Portuguese. The rain just let up in time for everyone to see the vineyard but the Serra de São Mamede remains semi-shrouded in dark grey cloud. A good turnout (you never know who is going to turn up in Portugal) and I am delighted to welcome the Presidents of the local councils from Portalegre and Castelo de Vide, the President of the local Junta de Freguesia (Parish Council) as well as friends from Lisbon, Porto and England. Sever Restaurant in Marvão have laid on an excellent buffet of locally produced food including cheeses, enchidos (sausages and hams), rebuçados de ovo(delicious egg sweets) and the most wonderful cherries (from nearby São Julião) that you have ever, ever, ever tasted. The President of the Câmara Municipal de Portalegre, Eng. José Mata Caceres makes a speech and I reply thanking all those who have contributed to this project, especially the architects and the builders. The recently bottled 2007 Pedra Basta shows well and just about stands up to the food. At the end of the day I feel really proud in what we have achieved so far.
19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)
17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)
15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)
13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)
10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)
8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)
Below 8 Faulty