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Vinho Verde

One of our favorite wines to pop during the heat of summer!

Unfortunately, in America, the most popular Vinho Verdes have been some of the cheapest and most forgettable produced. These thin, watery, citric wines often have little depth or complexity but drink down perfectly well as long as they are chilled down enough.

But if you go to Portugal, you experience a whole new side of Vinho Verde. Higher quality wines, some varietally labeled, some age worthy examples.

Lucky for us, “serious” Vinho Verde is finally starting to arrive in America. Our suggestion: go to your good local wine shop and ask them to email you a list of better Vinho Verdes currently available in the market, then order a variety of them. Many wine shops are still hesitant to have these $15-20 Vinho Verdes in inventory but any good wine shop will help you with a special order.

One neat thing to remember is that just north of Vinho Verde is the Rias Baixas region of Spain, where the AlbariƱo grape dominates. That same grape, as soon as it crosses into Portugal, is Alvarhino and is the dominant grape for Vinho Verdes made on that northern border of Portugal. (See map links below for details.)

More links for learning about Vinho Verde

Have a bottle of Vinho Verde in hand? Punch in the code here to learn more about it.

Grape Experiences: Good article with a fine map showing the different varieties used

Vinha: Breakdown of the grapes used for Vinho Verde

Our favorite go-to producer for quality Vinho Verde is Dom Diogo. They are imported into about ten states in the US, so this is a good producer to request for a special order. See the full lineup of their Vinho Verdes here.

Wine Enthusiast: Understanding the Gems of Vinho Verde