Spring is finally here in the UK, calling for light, lively, palate refreshing wines like Vinho Verde.
The regions in north Portugal making wine since Roman times, have an amazing ‘polyculture’.
Vines traditionally grew up trees to a great height and grapes were hand picked by brave workers on precarious, wobbly ladders.
There are good ranges of Vinho Verde in many wine shops and supermarkets. Try one of the most widely available – Quinta de Avezedo Vinho Verde, 11% ABV (alcohol by volume), £5.99 on deal at Waitrose and £6.75 from The Wine Society.
Light bodied and invigorating, this well made white blend of Arinto and Loureiro has a minerally, stony flavour and a really zippy finish. It makes a great value aperitif or an excellent match for a lunch of bread and goats’ cheese salad.
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For more info on Vinho Verde wines, see here and for info on Portuguese wines, see ViniPortugal, here.
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