Azal is a white grape variety native to the Vinho Verde region in Portugal.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Azal produces wines with a pale yellow colour, and aromas of citrus, white flowers, yellow fruits and a hint of herbal notes. On the palate, these wines have a medium body, with a crisp and vibrant acidity and a balanced mineral character.

Fresh Azal grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Azal is most commonly found in the nothern part of Portual, where it is used in the production of Vinho Verde wines. In the Minho region (Vinho Verde) it is the second-most planted grape variety after Loureiro. Azal is a vigorous variety and late ripening, mostly the last variety to be harvested in the Vinho Verde region. It is mostly blended with other varieties native to the region. The wines made from Azal are typically aged in stainless steel tanks, to preserve the freshness and aromas of the grape. In the Vinho Verde region, Azal is used to make light and refreshing wines, with floral and citrus aromas. Mostly the wine is part of a bigger Vinho Verde blend. These wines often have a light fizz that can be extremely refreshing. Azal wines pair well with fish and seafood dishes, as well as lighter salads and vegetable dishes. The crisp acidity of the wines makes them a great choice for pairing with spicy foods.

Foods to pair with Azal:

Asian food
Deep fried
Light meat
Fun Fact about Azal
Azal wines are often compared with Riesling wines. Both have high acidity and a similar flavour profile.

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