DFJ was originally formed out of a partnership between Portuguese winemaker José Neiva and the two partners of UK wine shippers, D&F. Only Neiva remains. A huge range of fruit driven wines aimed squarely at the export market is produced from growers primarily in Lisboa, but also from other regions stretching from the Douro to the Algarve. Nearly all the wines are based on native varieties and offer reasonable flavour and supple textures even at very modest price points. Pink Elephant, an off dry but well balanced rosé which was conceived as an ideal match with curry has rightly received both critical and popular acclaim. But as you ascend in price, there’s usually much more interest to be had from boutique producers. Premium reds include the extensive Grande Arte range. The “Icon” range includes Esacada, Francos, Consensus and, a recent addition, Quinta do Rocio, an award winning Lisboa red blend of Touriga Nacional, Shiraz, Merlot and, unusually, Grenache only available on allocation in Portugal.
To find out more about DFJ Vinhos and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide Portugal..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines.