Vinho Verde wines

Vinho Verde wines from Portugal is a key phrase  when people visit our country. Even in the Portuguese capital travelers ask and buy bottles of the precious liquor . 

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Portuguese export Vinho Verde to the north of Europe. These exports were that bottles were sent in the same boats that were used to import salt cod and manufactured products. 

Green Wine, Grapes on Vineyard, Photo by Feliciano Guimarães
Grapes, photo : Feliciano Guimarães

Now days Vinho Verde is the biggest DOC wine region of Portugal. The vines always grow in granite soils along the several rivers in the North of the country which are very fertile. 

You may find the term “Vinho Regional” of Minho or Doc Vinho Verde, but its exactly the same. The area itself starts almost near Porto ( Oporto ) till the north at River Minho. This river is mainly the border between Portugal and Spain. 

The North of Portugal usually has lowest temperatures comparing with the South. You will find during the year differences of 3 celsius degrees. Vinho Verde wines have own highest acidity. Their flavour depends on the grapes used to produce the wine. 

Most of the Vinho Verde wines you will be able to notice that they are light, aromatic and crisp. Sometimes you will find on it a brief touch of sweetness. 

Vinho Verde Wines Grapes :

  • Loureiro
  • Trajadura
  • Arinto ( also known as Pedernã)
  • Avesso
  • Alvarinho
  • Azal Branco

There is 9 sub-regions of Vinho Verde, which are : Monção, Melgaço, Lima, Basto, Cávado, Ave, Amarante, Baião, Sousa and Paiva.

Its common to taste an amazing Vinho Verde wine ( green wine ) at our Wines & Petiscos Trivia Experience . Participants have a blast of 10 tastings ( samplings ) during the experience in 2 hours.

When we speak about this type wine, its not the color itself ( one of the most common questions ). You will be able to find White Green Wine or Red Green Wine . Both will have acidity for sure.

If you are visiting Portugal, you are on the right place to taste. Relief your senses thru wine tastings, samplings, ask for advise to make pairings at the local restaurants. You will love it, specially in Spring and Summer, if it is at the correct temperature. Should be serve fresh.

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