The Vinho Verde region is the biggest wine producing region in Portugal.
It’s located on the North-West of Portugal, starting at the upmost North area of Portugal in the border with Spain, Monção e Melgaço, and finishing at Vale de Cambra.
It’s home to a multitude of native grape varieties, some of the most representative ones being: Alvarinho at Minho River Valley, Avesso at Douro River Valley and Loureiro at Lima River Valley – white grape varieties. As well as Vinhão, Espadeiro and Alvarelhão – red grape varieties.
There is a wide misconception about the name of this region. “Vinho Verde” is the name of the PDO for this Region. “Vinhos Verdes” (plural) is the name of the Wine region. The literal translation to English “Green Wines” has the average wine consumer thinking that “Green Wine” is a type of wine such as White or Red, when in fact it’s the name of the Region.
In order to receive the “Vinho Verde” seal, the wine must have a set of characteristics, if the wine does not comply with the restrictions, then it will be labelled “Minho.”