Vinho Verde wine region produces a single grape variety? No ! That’s the first thought of most foreigners that visit Portugal and would love to know more about this wine. Vinho Verde is the biggest DOC of Portugal, located in the North of the country. Vineyards will find in this region cool, verdant north west, humidity and rainy days.
The vines of Vinho Verde wine region grow in fertile and granite soils along rivers passing by mountains on the east side of the region till they burst out into the Atlantic Ocean. In terms of geography, it is located in the North and East of Porto city.
The vines of this wine region grow in fertile and granite soils along rivers passing by mountains on the east side of the region till they burst out into the Atlantic Ocean. Cool and wet weather always makes ripening more difficult. At the present, the modern vineyards are low-trained on wires, having better exposure to the sun and present better ripening.
Vinho Verde ( Green wine ) has high acidity. Flavours may change according to the grape variety, which means different mouth tastes. Alvarinho (grape variety) will give a fine and mineral flavor, which Loureiro grape variety will be more floral. Anyway, most of the white Vinho Verde can be crisp, relied upon to be light and aromatic.
Around the towns of Monção and Melgaço in the north, along Minho river, Alvarinho grape variety rules. The maritime influence is partially blocked by hells and climate is drier and warmer. The result? Rich, full, dry and complex wines to taste.
Vinho Verde wine region grape varieties
This wine region also allows sparkling wines. Since 1999 that the growth venture on this niche is increasing with more wine cellars launching new brands. The whole region can be divided in nine sub-regions, which are : Melgaço, Lima, Monção, Basto, Ave, Cávado, Amarante, Sousa, Baião and Paiva.
The most common grape varieties used to product vinho verde (green wine), which are: Loureiro, Trajadura, Arinto, Avesso, Alvarinho and Azal Branco.