Vinho Verde Tinto or Red Green Wine

vinho verde red

The famous Portuguese Vinho Verde

Wine: Vinha dos Ingleses Red Vinho Verde

Grape variety: Vinhão and Borraçal
Colour: Garnet
Taste: Full-bodied
Aroma: Complex and persistent
Alcohol (% vol.): 10,5%

Vinha dos Ingleses Red is composed by the castes Vinhão 85% and Borraçal 15%. It’s a full-bodied wine with equilibrated tannins.

Top quality Vinho Verde.

Very good for white meats dishes and poultry. Also good for a snack named “petisco” with soft cheeses, Iberian ham, chorizo sausage, pudding, etc.

The Grapes

vinhao grapes
Vinhao Grapes

Vinhão

Vinhão is mainly appreciated for its coloring qualities, since it creates deeply red colored wines, opaque to light. It is believed to be originally from Minho, being later taken to the Douro region, where it is known as Sousão.
This grape variety has medium-sized, uniform, bluish-black berries.
In the Vinhos Verdes region, Vinhão is the most grown red grape variety.  Wines produced with this grape variety have high acidity and, sometimes, are very acidulous. In Douro, Vinhão is used mainly to colour the wine, including Port.

borracal grapes
Borracal Grapes

Borraçal

Borraçal is one of the red grape varieties most grown in the region of Vinhos Verdes. It is planted in almost the entire region, where it is also known as Esfarrapa or Bogalhal, among other names.
This grape variety has small, tapered bunches. The berries are medium-sized, not uniform, and bluish-black.
Wines made from Borraçal are ruby coloured and have a high acidity level.

Vinho Verde is unique in the world.

Its vibrant freshness, elegance, lightness and aromatic and flavorful expressions, especially its fruity and floral notes, are the characteristics that define and differentiate Vinho Verde.

Exclusively produced in the demarcated region of Vinho Verde in northwestern Portugal, it is only produced from the indigenous grape varieties of the region, preserving its typicity of aromas and flavors as unique in the world of wine.

Red Vinho Verde wines are an intense red color, sometimes with a pink or bright red foam, and with a vinous aroma, especially of berries. In the mouth it is fresh and intense, and a very good food wine.

The Denomination of Origin Vinho Verde

Is a traditional name that designates wine products originating from grapes from the demarcated region of Vinho Verde, whose quality and uniqueness are a result of the natural conditions of the region, and whose winemaking and production occur within the demarcated region.

To qualify for the Designation of Origin Vinho Verde, wine products are subject to strict control of all stages of the production process, from the vineyard to the glass. The varieties used, the methods of vinification and organoleptic characteristics are just some of the elements which the Denomination of Origin controls.

The quality and genuineness of Denomination of Origin Vinho Verde products is ensured by the Seal of Guarantee, which has certified Vinho Verde since 1959.

The Denomination of Origin Vinho Verde is employed with still and sparkling wine, white, red and rosé wine, and Brandy Wine, Bagaceira (marc spirit) and red or rosé vinegar.

The Region

Originally defined on September 18, 1908,

The demarcated Vinho Verde Region extends across the northwest of Portugal, in the area traditionally known as Entre-Douro-e-Minho. The Minho River is its northern border, forming part of the border with Spain, its southern border is formed by the Douro River and the Freita, Arada and Montemuro mountains, to the east it’s bordered by the mountains of Peneda, Gerês, Cabreira and Marão, and the western border is the Atlantic Ocean. In terms of geographical area, it is the largest Portuguese demarcated region, and one of the largest in Europe.

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