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Half bottle of The Wine Society’s Generation Series Bucelas 2022

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One of the first wines ever bought by The Society, Bucelas is a fresh, dry white made from the arinto grape variety, with clean citrus and green apple aromas and crisp acidity. DOC Bucelas lies just north of Lisbon and the wines are made from the arinto grape variety, appley and lemony in their youth, with a core of minerality and the potential to develop greater complexity with bottle age. For more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £7.25 Half Bottle
Price: £87.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: PW10562

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Arinto
  • 37.5cl (Half Bottle)
  • Drinking now
  • 13% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, agglomerate

More on the wine

According to one-time Chairman Edmund Penning-Rowsell’s history of The Wine Society, Bucelas, as it is now spelled, was the first wine bought by The Society in August 1874: 'one popular in Victorian times, as decanter labels demonstrate, but scarcely known today – Bucellas. This is a medium dry white wine, otherwise called Portuguese Hock. It was sold at 1s. 7d. a bottle…'. Prior to that it may even have been a fortified wine, to help preserve it for shipment to England. Today, Bucelas is a crisp, dry white, a bottled expression of the Atlantic freshness of Portugal’s breezy west coast.

For our 150th cuvée we approached privately-owned Portuguese wine giant, Sogrape Vinhos, whose historic Quinta da Romeira estate has been producing wines since 1703. Sogrape made major investments in the property and brought modern techniques and expertise to make the very best of this historic appellation and its fine white grape, arinto, producing still and sparkling wines.

Joanna Locke MW, Buyer for Portugal

Sogrape Vinhos

The giant of the Portuguese wine industry and owner of the Mateus brand that has been so successful around the world, the Sogrape group is still, remarkably, a family firm. Founded in 1942 by Fernando Van Zeller Guedes and now run by his three grandsons, Fernando (the current CEO), Salvador and Manuel, the business today has expanded to include many wineries across Portugal, as well as Sandeman’s Port house, the Rioja bodega LAN, Argentina’s Fincal Flichman, Viña Los Boldos of Chile and New Zealand’s Framingham Wines. Its distribution companies span the globe. They became the largest wine producer in Portugal in the 1980s and have never relinquished that title while managing to keep quality consistently high.

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