This white wine has generous aromas and flavours of peaches, lemons and orange blossom. It's full-bodied with a soft mouthfeel and a pleasant finish.
Handpicked grapes are immediately de-stemmed and then crushed to capture fresh aromas. Fermentation occurs at low temperatures in stainless steel vats.
Quinta das Arcas produce wines in and around Vinho Verde, in the North of Portugal. The company was founded in 1985 by Antonio Manteiro, is still run by him and his family and each year seem to go from strength to strength. The area has a rich history of winemaking, with references going as far back as the Ancient Greeks, so there’s no shortage of knowledge about how to get the best out of the land. They work with native grape varieties to Portugal (there is some crossover with Alvarinho in the North West of Spain), in order to produce wines that are modern yet reflect the history of the area.
There are more climates in Portugal than just the heat of the Alentejo, where much of the red wine of the country is produced. The comparatively cooler areas of the north are ideally placed for growing complex and crisp wines that are more than a match for your usual suspects.
The grapes are handpicked on the estate so each bunch must pass the strict quality checks of the Manteiro family before they even make it to the winery. The strict approach to quality of the grapes ensures the winemakers at Conde Villar have the best start in creating wines that are so complex. They are never content to rest on their laurels and have built a new winery in the middle of one of their vineyard plots to drastically cut the time it takes to process picked grapes. All this incredibly hard work hasn’t been without recognition, their approach to putting quality first has meant their Vinho Verde Branco has won awards and recommendations from Decanter and the IWC.
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