DOC area for wine spirits (Aguardente) in the Lisboa region. It is located on the Atlantic coast of Portugal and includes the areas of Bombarral, Lourinhã, Óbidos (also DOC area for wines), Peniche and Torres Vedras (also DOC area for wines). Brandy has been used in the production (spriting) of port wine for over 200 years. Besides Armagnac and Cognac from France, this is the third wine-legally defined area for a brandy in the EU. The white wine varieties Cerceal (Sercial), Fernão Pires, Malvasia Rei (Palomino), Marquinhas, Síria, Tália (Trebbiano Toscano), as well as the red wine varieties Cabinda, Carignan (Mazuelo), Periquita (Castelão Francês) and Tinta Miúda (Graciano) are permitted. These are also traditionally raised in soil. Most of the distillation is done in a continuous process, and the alcohol content must not exceed 72%. The brandy must mature for at least two years in oak or chestnut barrels (up to 800 l).
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