Visiting Portugal's Vinho Verde region, part 4
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.
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.
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.
Vinho Verde NV
Spritzy, smoky, fruity nose. Fresh, bright, minerally, fruity
palate with high acidity. Super-fresh, clean and with a hint of
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
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
tasted as 11/08
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