Terra Prima was the first Port to be produced entirely from organically grown grapes.
- LBV Unfiltered 2015
- BIN 27
- Terra Prima
- Waterloo Edition
- Commemorative Crusted
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IntroductionFonseca was one of the pioneers of organic viticulture in the Douro valley. An area of its flagship estate, Quinta do Panascal in the Távora Valley, was converted to organic viticulture in 1992 and today its Quinta de Santo António in the Pinhão Valley is entirely certified for organic production. Fonseca has also developed partnerships with other growers practising organic viticulture in the Douro Valley.
In 2002 it became possible for the first time to produce a Port made entirely from grapes derived from certified organic viticulture. This was due to an agreement with a specialised distiller who was able to supply grape spirit for fortification made from certified organically farmed grapes.
The result was Terra Prima Reserve, known in the United States as Terra Bella Reserve, an elegant reserve blend, displaying fresh vibrant fruit, in which organic viticulture has allowed the traditional port grape varieties to express their natural aromas to the full.
It is certified as being derived from organically grown grapes by Socert, the Portuguese certifying body which is part of the European Ecocert certification system.
A wonderfully rich, concentrated Port with great flavour and texture. It has an opulent black fruit nose which is followed through on the palate showing layers of intense berry, plum and cherry fruit flavours supported by firm, but well integrated tannins. This is a deliciously textured Port wine, which is velvety, smooth, succulent and plump.
The perfect accompaniment for an indulgent plate of chocolate truffles after dinner or with a chocolate and blueberry fondant as the show stopping dinner party dessert.
20th February 2015
"Firmer and fresher in style than the fleshier Bin 27 and the Waterloo Edition. I've always enjoyed this Port's energy and structure. It has a little more emphasis on red fruits of the forest and a delicious lick of gingerbread spices. An elegant Reserve ruby."
2014 - Gold Medal
Ripe aromas of damson, and plum with notes of aniseed, warm with pepper spice, and cool with a leafy freshness. Deeply crimson colour, almost inky. A full bodied and rounded palate with big bold classic fruit flavours, and a hint of fresh mint. Lovely structured tannins.
"It's fresh and lively, red-berryish, with a distinctive twist of black pepper. One to go with spicy fruit or ginger cakes."
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"Terra Prima is an organically produced Port by Fonseca. We're impressed that it's the only organic Port to be found on UK shelves. A delight to drink, this port can rival those double its price - it's fairly sweet, but fill of mouth watering fruits, also good depth and complexity, a true gem."