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Verdelho

Verdelho is an ancient white grape variety that produceds medium-dry Madeira wines and complex white wine.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Verdelho grapes have a yellow-green color with a pinkish tint and have thick skins. Its aroma and flavor profile includes hints of citrus, honey, spices, and tropical fruit, with a touch of herbs.

Fresh Verdelho grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

It originated in the Portuguese island of Madeira and the Douro Valley of Portugal. It has also been grown in Australia since the early 1800s, when it was introduced by Portuguese immigrants. In the United States, Verdelho is grown in California and Washington. Verdelho is a low yielding and early ripening grape, with relativel small bunches of thick skin grapes berries. It prefers warm climates and well-drained soils. In the Douro Valley, it is grown on steep, terraced hillsides. In Portugal, Verdelho is used to make both dry and sweet wines. In the Douro Valley, it is blended with other white varieties to make crisp, dry whites. On Madeira, Verdelho is blended with other white grapes to make the island's signature sweet wines. In Australia, Verdelho is used to make crisp, dry white wines with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. In the United States, it is used to make dry white wines with a hint of herbs and spice. Verdelho pairs well with many different foods, including seafood, salads, and light pasta dishes. Its crisp acidity and medium body make it a good match for spicy foods, and its tropical fruit flavors complement dishes with tropical fruits and spices.

Foods to pair with Verdelho:

Asian food
Curry
Fish
Fun Fact about Verdelho
Recent genetic testing has indicated that Verdelho may be related to SAVAGNIN, an ancient French grape variety, as a parent or offspring.

Top Wines with Verdelho

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Broadbent Branco

Broadbent

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Broadbent Branco is a white wine produced by the renowned wine expert Michael Broadbent. This wine comes from the Douro region in Portugal, which is known for its steep vineyards and unique terroir. The grapes used to make this wine are grown in vineyards with schist soils, which impart a distinct minerality to the wine. The winemaking process involves fermentation in stainless steel tanks, which helps to preserve the wine's fresh and fruity character. Broadbent Branco is a crisp and refreshing wine with notes of citrus and tropical fruit, making it a perfect choice for warm weather or as an aperitif.
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Blandy's 5 Year Old Verdelho Madeira (Medium Dry)

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Blandy's, with a legacy that spans over two centuries, is one of the most venerable and distinguished producers in the world of Madeira wine. Their 5 Year Old Verdelho Madeira is an exquisite representation of the Verdelho grape variety, renowned for producing medium-dry wines with a harmonious balance of sweetness and acidity. This particular Madeira undergoes the traditional 'canteiro' aging process, where the wine is naturally heated in barrels over time, lending it depth, concentration, and the hallmark oxidative character of classic Madeira.
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Blandy's 10 Year Old Verdelho Madeira (Medium Dry)

Blandy's

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Blandy's 10 Year Old Verdelho Madeira is a medium dry wine that showcases the expertise of the producer in crafting exceptional Madeira wines. This wine hails from the beautiful appellation of Madeira, known for its unique vineyard features and ideal growing conditions. The grapes used to make this wine are carefully selected and undergo a meticulous winemaking process, resulting in a wine that is rich in flavor and complexity. With its medium dry style, this Verdelho offers a perfect balance between sweetness and acidity, making it a versatile choice for pairing with a variety of dishes. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with food, this wine is sure to impress with its depth of character and long-lasting finish.
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Esporão Esporão Verdelho

Esporão

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Esporão Verdelho is a white wine produced by the renowned Portuguese winery, Esporão. The grapes are sourced from the Alentejo region, known for its hot and dry climate, which results in concentrated and flavorful grapes. The winemaking process involves fermentation in stainless steel tanks, followed by aging on lees for a few months to enhance the wine's complexity and texture. The resulting wine is crisp and refreshing, with aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, and a subtle mineral note. Esporão Verdelho is a perfect match for seafood dishes or enjoyed on its own as an aperitif.
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Azores Wine Company Vulcânico Branco

Azores Wine Company

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Azores Wine Company Vulcânico Branco is a unique and exciting wine produced by the Azores Wine Company. This wine is made from grapes grown in the volcanic soils of the Azores, an archipelago located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The vineyards are located on the island of Pico, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its unique landscape and viticultural practices. The winemaking process is focused on preserving the natural characteristics of the grapes, resulting in a wine that is fresh, mineral-driven, and full of vibrant acidity. The Vulcânico Branco is a white wine that showcases the unique terroir of the Azores, making it a must-try for any wine enthusiast looking for something new and exciting.
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