Espadeiro is a Portuguese red grape variety that is planted primarily in the Minho region for making Vinho Verde rose wines.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Espadeiro grapes have blue-black skins and produce wines that are purple in colour. The aroma of Espadeiro wines is typically full of blackberries and violets, with a hint of spiciness. On the palate, these wines are light to medium-bodied with a soft tannic structure and accompanied by a slight pepperiness.

Fresh Espadeiro grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Espadeiro is grown mainly in the northern Portuguese regions of Vinhos Verdes and Minho. It is also grown in some parts of the Douro Valley. Espadeiro is also used in Rias Baixas, in both blended and varietal red wines. Espadeiro is a vigorous and productive variety, and needs warmer climates to fully ripen. It ripens late, and is usually blended with other Portuguese varieties. The Vinho Verde region produces fresh and fruity Espadeiro wines that are low in alcohol and usually served slightly chilled. Espadeiro is also grown in Spain in the Rias Baixas region. There, it produces both, blended and varietal red wines. These tend to be light-bodied and are best consumed in their youth. Espadeiro wines are versatile and can be paired with a wide range of dishes. The lighter styles of Vinho Verde pair well with fish and other seafood dishes, while the slightly more full-bodied wines from Rias Baixas are great with grilled meats and tomato sauces.

Foods to pair with Espadeiro:

Light meat
Fun Fact about Espadeiro
Espadeira was traditionally grown up trees in an attempt to tame its vigour.

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