ALVARINHO – Conde Villar
Portugal, Vinho Verde 2015
Known as Albarino in Spain, this grape variety is being hailed as the new Sauvignon Blanc – peaches, lemons, orange blossom… soft but full-bodied.
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 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. Handpicked grapes are immediately de-stemmed and then crushed to capture fresh aromas. Fermentation occurs at low temperatures in stainless steel vats.