Quinta de Azevedo
 Visiting Portugal's Vinho Verde region, part 4

Azevedo is a beautiful quinta set in the heart of the Vinho Verde region in Lama, near Barcelos. It was purchased by Sogrape in 1980, and the manor house was rebuilt in 1982. This is where Sogrape make their important brand Gazela from bought-in grapes (production 5 million litres), as well as the Quinta de Azevedo wine and a high-end Alvarinho made from grapes grown in the Monção subregion.

We were lucky enough to be staying here, which is a rare treat: the beautiful house has been sympathetically restored, and the views over the gardens and vineyard in the mist-filtered November sun were spectacular. We were hosted by Salvador Guedes, and dined well with a full tasting of the Sogrape range; here I’m just reporting on the Vinho Verde wines.

The varieties planted at Azevedo are Loureiro (70%) and Pedernã (aka Arinto) (30%), and altogether there are 37 hectares of vines here. The vineyards are quite modern, with vertical trellising as opposed to the more traditional pergola training.


Gazela Vinho Verde NV
Spritzy, smoky, fruity nose. Fresh, bright, minerally, fruity palate with high acidity. Super-fresh, clean and with a hint of sweetness. 84/100

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2007
Very fresh and bright with lemon fruit nose and some pear richness. Fresh, fruity palate is crisp with some lemony notes. Just a hint of spritz. Pure. 88/100

Morgadio da Torre Alvarinho Vinho Verde 2007
Rounded, fresh, fruity and bright with nice depth of lemony, melony fruit. Quite crisp with good acidity. Very attractive. 88/100


Wines tasted as 11/08  
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