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Quinta de Raza, Vinho Verde, Portugal, 2020

A fresh, zingy green apple and ripe citrus fruit driven wine with hints of white flowers & grapefruit on the nose. Crisp & clean in the mouth with lively citrus notes and vibrant refreshing acidity.

Grape Variety: 50% Arinto, 35% Azal 15% Trajadura

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Quinta de Raza, Vinho Verde, Portugal, 2020

Tasting Note

A fresh, zingy green apple and ripe citrus fruit driven wine with hints of white flowers & grapefruit on the nose. Crisp & clean in the mouth with lively citrus notes and vibrant refreshing acidity.

Grape Variety

50% Arinto, 35% Azal 15% Trajadura

Producer Info

The Quinta da Raza estate has a history going back to the 18th century. José Diogo, the current winemaker, is a direct descendant of the original family and has been committed to wine production since he was 17 years old.

Winemakers Note

Hand harvested, de-stemmed and the pressed at low pressures. Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Filtered and cold stabilised prior to bottling.

Regional Info

Vinho Verde is a well- known DOC in the Minho region of north-western Portugal. Each year it is responsible for vast quantities of straw-yellow, light-bodied, tangily tart wines produced from many thousands of small farms throughout the region.

A quantity of the wines made here are so fresh and youthful that they earn the moniker verde (‘green’), which applies even to the reds. Although not sufficiently effervescent to be officially classed as sparkling wines, much white Vinho Verde has an obvious petillance. They are most often based on such classic Portuguese white-wine grapes as Arinto, Loureiro and Trajadura. The tart, zingy reds employ the services of the Azal Tinto, Vinhao and Espadeiro vine varieties.

It isn’t just the wine here that is green; the countryside is lush and leafy across much of Minho. Vines are grown in the majority of properties, whose average area is just a few acres. The tell-tale sign of a Vinho Verde vineyard is not just its diminutive size, but its upwards orientation: the density of viticulture here is such that most farmers train their vines on high pergolas, and even telephone poles.

Minho, the historical province which corresponds roughly to the Vinho Verde viticultural area, is named after the Minho river. This flows along the region’s northern edge, skirting the international border between Portugal and Spain. The Minho river rises in the hills around Lugo in Spanish Galicia, and for the majority of its south-westward course snakes through the countryside on the Spanish side of the border.

Quinta da Raza is located in Peneireiros, Celorico de Basto, in the Vinho Verde region. Quinta da Raza has a unique terroir created by the gentle slopes and the magnificent exposure to the sun. The soil benefits from its granite origins with areas of schist and clay. This is very unusual in Vinho Verde Region.

It has a microclimate created by the mountains in the west and the valley of the Tamega river which, unlike the other rivers of the region does not run from East to West, but from Northeast to Southwest, which together prevent the influence of the Atlantic winds. Therefore, there is less rain and has a greater temperature range. This means that our vineyard is subject to more sun than perhaps other vineyards in the Vinho Verde Region, which are important factors for the development of the vines. Moreover, the average altitude of Quinta da Raza is 250 meters, which corresponds to the best average altitude suited for growing grapes.

Raza Vineyard has 40 hectares and has a unique terroir created by the gentle slopes and the magnificent exposure to the sun. The soil benefits from its granite origins with areas of schist and clay. This is very unusual in Vinho Verde Region.

Raza Vineyard has a microclimate provided by mountains in the west and the river valley Tamega that, unlike the other rivers of the region does not run from east to west, but from northeast to southwest, which together prevent the influence of the Atlantic winds. Therefore, the weather is less rainy and has greater temperature ranges. This means that the vineyard is subject to more sun than perhaps other vineyards in the Vinho Verde Region, important factors for the development of the vine. Moreover, the average altitude of the Quinta da Raza is 250 meters, which corresponds to the average altitude necessary for the best development of vines.

The vineyard has always been the main farming interest due to the importance of the high quality of the grapes produced. These range from Azal, Arinto, Padeiro, Vinhão to Alvarinho, which are unique grape varieties from the Vinho Verde Region.

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