Quinta de Santiago Alvarinho Vinho Verde

Quinta de Santiago Alvarinho Vinho Verde

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Producer: Quinta de SantiagoRegion: Vinho Verde, PortugalGrapes: Arinto, Trajadura & LoureiroSoft pressing, natural decanting. Fermentation with controlled Temperature. fermentation in stainless vat. Aging for 4 months...

Producer: Quinta de Santiago

Region: Vinho Verde, Portugal

Grapes: Arinto, Trajadura & Loureiro

Soft pressing, natural decanting. Fermentation with controlled Temperature. fermentation in stainless vat. Aging for 4 months on top of fine lees. 

Pairing: Starters, fish, seafood and white meat dishes.

 

Within the designation of Vinho Verde lies a very special subregion: Monção e Melgaço. Wines from this region are profound and elegant, with supple structures and silky, limpid textures. The Santiago family has been farming these granite-rich soils for over a century — the farm was established in 1899, though it mainly produced olive oil, grains, meat and dairy. In 2009, at the insistence of the 86 year old matriarch, Mariazinha, they established a boutique winery focusing on small-production Alvarinho.

Mariazhina’s granddaughter Joana now heads up the team at Quinta de Santiago. Like her grandmother, she’s dedicated to expressing their unique terroir through the lens of remarkable Alvarinho wines. As we see in other granite-rich regions (Muscadet, the Northern Rhône), the wines take on a unique, savory minerality that simply begs for a second sip. The racy acidity of the wine makes it a natural pairing at the dinner table, whether you’re enjoying seafood, a simple pasta dish with fresh summer tomatoes or a salad with goat cheese.