Portuguese wine Vinho Verde
What could be nicer than ending a warm summer evening with a cool glass of wine. This is pure wine enjoyment! In the heat of summer, a light and sparkling wine tastes best. The Portuguese wine Vinho Verde is perfect for summer enjoyment. You drink it chilled. White Vinho Verde tastes particularly good as an aperitif, with salads or simply in between. We learned to appreciate it on our journey along the Rota do Peixe along the Alentejo coast. It goes perfectly with the light fish dishes that are found on the coasts of Portugal. Since then it has been pure wine enjoyment for us at home on hot summer days.
Vinho Verde is a light wine whose growing areas are in the northwest Portugal are located. He is refreshing and tingles pleasant on the palate. Vinho Verde is fruity in taste.
Vinho Verde is a young wine. You drink it right after fermentation. With an alcohol content between 8,5 to 12,5%, it is very light and is perfect for light dishes on hot summer days. The vinho verde owes its liveliness to the fact that it sparkles slightly. During the winemaking process, the malic acid contained in the grape juice is naturally converted into carbonic acid. Wherever Vinhos Verdes are produced industrially, carbonic acid is added artificially.
Where does Portuguese Vinho Verde wine grow?
Between the rivers Douro and Minho there is a wine region where it rains frequently. Up to 2000 mm of precipitation falls here every year. The districts of Viana do Castelo, Braga and Porto are very fertile and green. These landscapes gave the wine its name. Vinho Verde means nothing more than "green wine".
Wine region and grape varieties Portugal
Vinho Verde is grown in the Portugal wine region directly on the Atlantic. The vineyards are up to 700 meters above sea level. Grape varieties such as Alvarinho, Avesso, Loureiro and Treixadura are popular. Sometimes you can also find the Sercial grape variety. The winemakers grow the wines as a sideline. To do this, they let the vines grow as a pergola. Traditionally, vines climb up trellises, providing shade and moisture to the soil in which they thrive. In the past, the vines also climbed towards the sun on poplar trees. However, this is now seen less and less. Instead, winemakers are building the pergolas lower. This makes it easier to cultivate the wine mechanically.
In the past, winemakers only produced Vinho Verde for their own use. To do this, it was first fermented in open “lagares” made of stone. It was then placed in barrels where the acid was converted into carbonic acid. These wines are still served today in Portuguese bars and cafés.
However, part of the wine production goes today to wine cooperatives, where the wines are produced, which are destined for the foreign market. Some Quintas now also specialize in the production of high-quality varietal wines.
The Vinho Verde route in the northwest
The Vinho Verde route runs through the extreme northwest of Portugal. There you can find, for example, the small plots on which this wine grows. They extend across the entire Minho region to the Vouga River in the south. Winemakers invite you to taste the wine here. Of course you can also take one or two bottles home with you.
What do you drink the Portuguese wine Vinho Verde with?
Which foods go best with Vinho Verde? It's best to stick to what the Portuguese eat with it. In Portugal, this wine is often served with cold as well as warm starters. It also goes well with finger foods and appetizers, the petiscos. It tastes particularly good with pasta, fish and light meat dishes. But it also goes well with desserts with fruit and chocolate.
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