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Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde
Vinho Verde wine is a unique style of wine produced in the northern part of Portugal in Vinho Verde wine region and more specifically in the sub-areas Minho, Monção and Melgaço. The name does not describe the colour of the wine produced, although it means "green wine" in Portuguese. It refers to the tradition of drinking Vinho Verde wines while they are young in age and usually having slight petillance and low alcohol content. Vinho Verde wines are traditionally made of mainly Alvarinho (Albariño in Spain), but it can be blended with Arinto and Loureiro. They are extremely fresh and light wines with a straw-yellow colour, aromas and with flavours of white peach, apricot, melon, pineapple, mango and honey, keeping good natural acidity and minerality. Vinho Verde can be red wine as well, but it is very rarely seen outside Portugal and it gives light and astringent wines. The production of Vinho Verde accounts for one quarter from the total amount of produced wine in the country with strong positions in the export market.

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