Vinhão is a Portuguese black grape variety that is primarily grown in Vinho Verde, which has bright acidity, abandant of fruit and lively colour.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Vinhão is characterized by its deep ruby-red colour, intense aromas of ripe berries, and a full-bodied, tannic taste. Its high acidity gives it a refreshing quality on the palate.

Fresh Vinhão grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Vinhão is a unique variety of red grape that has been grown in the Vinhos Verde, northwest Portugal, where the humid climate and granite soils. It is a hardy grape and is resistant to pests and diseases, making it well-suited to the region. Vinhão is grown in small plots of land, with the vines trained low to the ground in order to protect them from the wind. The grapes are usually fermented in stainless steel tanks. The resulting wines are usually very bold with searing acidity. Vinhão wines are usually made in a dry style, with a high level of acidity. The wines are also known for their intense, fruity aromas and full-bodied tannic structure. Some producers also make sparkling Vinhão wines, which are light and refreshing. Vinhão's high acidity and fruit profile make it a great food pairing wine. It pairs well with salty and savoury dishes, such as the ubiquitous bacalau (salt cod), smoked or oily seafood, cured meats, and aged cheeses. It can also be enjoyed with spicy dishes and roasted vegetables.

Foods to pair with Vinhão:

Deep fried
Light meat
Fun Fact about Vinhão
Vinhão has a long history in Portugal and is considered one of the country's oldest varieties. It is believed to have been introduced to the region by the Romans, who planted the grape in the Vinhos Verdes region more than 2000 years ago.

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