Vinho Verde Demarcated Region
The Vinho Verde Demarcated region occupies about 21000 acre, spread over a geographically well-located region, rich in hydrographic resources, with mild temperatures and abundant rains created homogeneous and mostly granitic, fertile and high acid soils that are excellent for the production of white wines. .
This region has the Alvarinho grape as its trademark. The striking typicality and originality are essentially the result of the peculiarities of the region’s indigenous grape varieties and the ways in which the vine is cultivated. These factors result in a naturally light, fresh, clear, refreshing and aromatic wine, different from other wines in the world.
The dominant white grape varieties are Alvarinho, Arinto, Loureiro, Avesso and Trajadura, while red wines stand out for Espadeiro, Vinhão, Brancelho and Borraçal.
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Originally demarcated on September 18, 1908, the Vinho Verde Demarcated Region, extends throughout the northwest of Portugal, in the area traditionally known as Entre-Douro-e-Minho. In terms of geographical area, it is the largest Demarcated Region in Portugal, and one of the largest in Europe.
Orographically, the region presents itself as a “vast amphitheater” exposing its entire area to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean, a phenomenon reinforced by the orientation of the valleys of the main rivers, which running from east to west facilitate the penetration of sea winds.
For reasons of culture, microclimates, soil typology and types of wines, they led the Vinho Verde Demarcated Region to be divided into 9 sub-regions: Amarante, Ave, Basto, Cávado, Lima, Monção, Paiva and Sousa.
Wines Characteristics - Vinho Verde Region
The young Vinhos Verdes (“green wines”) have high acidity and marked freshness, that is, they are ready to be consumed without having gone through periods of maturation in a barrel or cellar.
Vinho Verde has no relation to the color of the drink (Green), which can even be white, red, rosé and even sparkling wine.
The labels bear this name because they are produced in the specific region of Portugal ( Demarcated Region of Vinho Verde).
Vinho Verde harmonize well with light meals (salads and white meats), sea products (fish and seafood) and fried foods in general. These wines perfectly match Asian food, especially sushi and shashimis.