An old grape variety of exceptional quality, deservedly famed for the varietal wines it produces in the Vinho Verde region, specifically in the two sub-regions of Monção and Melgaço. Increasingly it is blended with Loureiro in most Vinho Verde white wines, Alvarinho has a highly characteristic floral and fruity profile with notes of lime tree, balm mint, honeysuckle, peach, grapefruit and apple, all well-married with the high acidity typical of crisp white wines from north-west Portugal. The grapes yield balanced wines with good structure and moderate alcohol levels. Alvarinho’s qualities are being “exported” to more southern wine regions such as the Setubal Peninsula and Estremadura. 


Food Pairing with Alvarinho


A mainstay of the Minho region, Alvarinho provides the steely structure to most Vinho Verde white wines while being the personality and predominant grape in those examples emanating specifically from Monção. Its zesty acid, bright citrus and green apple flavors, and refreshing personality make it a superb seafood wine. it can even be a perfect pairing for fish and chips, where the wine’s acidity is a refreshing foil to the battered crust. North Asian fare, from Japanese yakatori to Korean pickled banchan, also make for great matches.

Asian duet: Vietnamese shredded chicken salad with cellophane noodles

European duet: Veal Piccata with lemon

American duet: Peruvian scallop ceviche with avocado