Beira Interior is a rather disparate region covering a vast swathe of inland Portugal south of the Douro and east of Dão. Vineyards are grown at altitude on granite soils. In the north, grapes are similar to those of the Douro while the south has a whole mix of varieties.
A wet and fertile area, the grapes ripen with moderate sugar levels and refreshing acidity, meaning that the wines are usually lowish in alcohol at about 10-11%. Astringent, low alcohol red Vinho Verde is also produced.
Despite the challengingly arid climate here, this is a dynamic region, referred to sometimes as Portugal’s ‘new world’.
60% Loureiro, 20% Alvarinho and 20% Avesso. These grape varieties tend to produce more complex and structured wines than some of the other Vinho Verde varieties.
The nose is fragrant, crisp flavours and a very good acidity. The mouthfeel is pleasant. It finishes long, with salty lemon flavours.
Write it on the back of your hand. Take the picture with you. This is a selection you want to make at your next visit to the ‘dairy’ Be Brave and adventuresome, and you’ll be rewarded with it becoming your next favourite.
VINHO VERDE – BICO AMARELO
$13.99 regularly $15.99