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Loureiro is an old light-skinned white grape variety indigenous to the northern part of Portugal in the Galicia wine region. Loureiro's name means "laurel" which is bay leave and refers to the taste of the berries of the plant. It is famous for the Vinho Verde wine production together with the Albariño grape variety. As a single variety, the grape produces wines which also have aromas of orange and acacia blossom with excellent acidity and are low in alcohol. These everyday refreshing wines are prone to premature oxidation and are increasingly bottled with a hint of carbon dioxide to ensure optimum quality, and to add an effervescent sensation. Small plantings of the Loureiro grape are to be found in Spain as well.


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