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Vinho Verde, freshness in your glass

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Clara Campos

Vinho Verde or Green Wine is a wine exclusively produced in Portugal’s northwest area presenting a fresh character and a hypnotic pétillance

Today I present you one of the many Portuguese wines, the Vinho Verde, a unique light and slightly fizzy wine coming from Portugal, namely from the Minho region. Even though the name Vinho Verde means Green Wine literally, this delicious wine is not green in colour. In fact, it can be white, red or even rose. In this case, the green refers to the wine’s youth.

As Vinho Verde should be drunk shortly after being produced, it has a medium alcohol level, which, along with its fresh character and hypnotic pétillance, makes it a perfect match for light meals and snacks. Therefore, Vinho Verde is a wonderful choice to serve in summer.

The white Vinho Verde, presenting a lemon or straw colour, has a natural acidity and fruity and floral aromas that vary according to the grape variety that may be Loureiro, Arinto, Trajadura, Avesso or Azal. The famed Vinho Alvarinho is a special type of Vinho Verde made from Alvarinho grapes and is only produced on the sub-region of Monção. It distinguishes itself for having a higher alcoholic level and offering ripe tropical aromas.

Usually, the red Vinhos Verdes are full-bodied and tannic, presenting an intense colour. They are made from Vinhão, Borraçal or Amaral grapes. Finally, the rosés, made from Espadeiro and Padeiro grapes, are fruitier.

These wines come exclusively from the Demarcated Region of Vinho Verde, located in Portugal’s northwest region that borders with Galicia. Looking like an amphitheater, the area is exposed to the Atlantic Ocean influence since it goes from the maritime border towards inland. The orientation of the main river valleys of the region also allow the maritime winds to penetrate the vineyards, giving the grapes distinctive characteristics that are then passed into the wine. The originality of Vinho Verde is also due to the soil characteristics as well as special vine growing methods.

The true Vinho Verde bears a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status, so I advise you to pay attention to the bottle label when buying a Vinho Verde, in order to experience a truly remarkable oenological sensation.

If you are interested in getting to know more about Vinho Verde go to http://www.vinhoverde.pt/en/vinhoverde/default.asp.

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