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The Portuguese wine region of Vinho Verde can be found in Northwest Portugal, between the Minho river of the Galician border in the North, and the mountainous regions of the East and South. Wines from the region are traditionally drunk very young, usually within a year of being bottled. It is from this tradition that the name Vinho Verde originates, “verde” meaning young and fresh. With traditional grape varieties grown in the region being Avesso, Loureiro and Arinto, the wines are crisp, dry and have become a symbol of summer to many in recent years. Despite being a small region, Vinho Verde represents 15% of Portugal’s wine industry, and its exports have tripled in the past 12 years which is a huge increase for a somewhat ‘niche’ wine.
Portugal has impressed us again and winemaker Anselmo is recognised as one of the country’s finest white wine producers.Known for his experimentation and this wine which has had some skin contact is a great example of his skill. The ripe stone fruits balanced with a lively acidity make it seriously moreish and an excellent wine to pair with food.