“One of the greatest producers in the region, Soalheiro consistently makes high quality wines that are just like great whites–there is no fizz here. They are dry, pointed, focused and age-worthy. Since they toil in Vinho Verde, they are also typically great values. The 2015 vintage, in particular, seems exceptional. The wines will last, too. There is no reason not to load up.” Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Grape Varieties: 100 % Alvarinho fermented in oak barrels
Tasting Notes: Citrus colour, elegant and full flavour with oak notes, maintaining the freshness and fruit of Alvarinho grape.
Best Served at 6 to 10 degrees
Pairing Suggestions: Roasted Suckling Pig, Chorizo, Grilled Lobster with Garlic Butter Parsley
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Quinta de Soalheiro, located in Melgaço (the most northern point of Portugal), is protected by a range of mountains that create conditions of rainfall, temperature and sunshine hours necessary for the best ripening of the Alvarinho grapes. This very special microclimate led João Antonio Cerdeira to plant the first Alvarinho vine in 1974 and to create, in 1982, the first Alvarinho brand in Melgaço – “Soalheiro”. The Alvarinho grapes used in the Soalheiro came from several small vineyards planted in granite soil between 100 and 200 meters and located in a very particular microclimate in Melgaço.
Melgaço region, the northern point of Portugal, is protected by a range of mountains that create the perfect conditions of rainfall, temperature and number of hours of sunshine needed to the better ripeness of the Alvarinho grapes. The brand name – Soalheiro – arises from the excellent sun exposure of the vineyards bearing the same name – a sunny place. A large area of the vines used in the Classic Soalheiro comes from Quinta de Soalheiro were the grapes are organically produced and were the biodiversity of the animals and plants is promoted. It is exclusively from this vines that comes the grapes to produce the Soalheiro Primeiras Vinhas “first vines” and the Soalheiro Reserva.
Melgaço Vinho Verde
Quinta de Soalheiro