The first wine “Made in Angola”, called Serras de Xxila, is already being sold in the country and is expected to be exported to Portugal soon, said the chief executive of Herdade de Santa Maria, Carlos Carneiro.
Produced and bottled on the estate of Higino Carneiro, the Angolan army general and current governor of the province of Kuando Kubango, Serras de Xxila is made from the Angolan grape variety Muzondo Menga Ixi, from Kwanza Sul province.
“It is on this basis that we are producing (the wine),” Carneiro told Portuguese newspaper DN/Dinheiro Vivo, adding that “as we are at the beginning, it is difficult to draw a comparison with other wines,” notably with those from Portugal, which are the most exported Angola.
Figures from ViniPortugal show that Portugal sold 62.6 million litres of wine to Angola in 2014, worth 95.1 million euros. Angola is the the second most important export market for Portuguese wine, after France.
The tasting notes for Serras de Xxila say it is a wine with an acidity of 4.19 and with an alcohol content of 15 percent, having matured in French and American oak barrels for a year and it is a fruity wine with notes of raspberry, blackberries and spices.
Soon, a 2013 reserve red wine be released, which has been maturing for the last 3 years, made from European grape varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Malvechet, Alicante Bouchet, Pinot Noir and Cevenet Bavignon.
The Herdade de Santa Maria estate covers 17,000 hectares, 50 of which are dedicated to production of wine and table grapes.
The project, which has Brazilian technical and Portuguese industrial assistance, has involved total investment of US$16 million since 2008, a figure that also includes production of olive oil, for which olive trees have been planted, and even livestock, especially beef cattle and goats, installed in an area of 5,000 hectares. (macauhub/AO/BR/PT)