Wines/Portugal/Minho/Ouro do Lima
In the far north of Portugal, the Minho district is famed for its Vinho Verdes, "green wines" produced from grapes that are just freshly ripe. These lightly-ripened grapes give bright, fresh wines, often with a hint of carbonation, designed to be drunk very fresh and young. While most Vinho Verde is white, there are red and rose Vinho Verdes produced as well.
Vines in this district are traditionally trained high and over pergolas, often with vegetable crops grown in the available land under the grape arbors. This efficient use of farmland also helps prevent diseases associated with crop monoculture from gaining a foothold.
The Adega Ponte de Lima was founded in 1959 in the town of Ponte de Lima. The village takes its name from the famed Medieval bridge over the Lima river on the Roman highway to Santiago de Compostela. Ouro do Lima ("Gold of the Lima") is produced by the Adega, a cooperative of almost 2,000 very small growers in the surrounding vineyard lands. The Adega is a superb producer of a variety of wines, from which we've selected two, a Vinho Verde Branco Seco (completely dry) and a Vinho Verde Branco Adamado (the traditional, but rarely seen, lightly sweet style). Both are delicious examples of how wonderfully refreshing a well made Vinho Verde can be, fruity and fresh, moderate in alcohol... perfect wines for a New England seafood feast on the beach, or just for kicking back with a glass of refreshing white.
Adega ponte di lima
Ouro do Lima vinho verde Seco
Alvarinho, Louriero & Trajadura, finished dry and crisp. Lightly effervescent.
Ouro do lima vinho verde adamado
Alvarinho, Louriero & Trajadura, finished slightly off dry. Lightly effervescent.