Name of varietal: Verdelho

Common synonyms: Breval. Often confused with Gouveio in Portugal and Verdejo in Spain, though it is not related to any of these. There is speculation that it is the same grape as Verdello in Italy.

Parentage of the grape: believed indigenous to Madeira island, Portugal

History of the grape: Verdelho has existed on the island of Madeira in Portugal at least as far back as the 15th century. It is both a grape and a style of one of the island’s fortified Madeira wines, falling in the middle between Sercial and Bual in terms of richness, with more acidity and smokiness. But the Phylloxera outbreak destroyed most of the once-prevalent vines, and only a fraction of it was replanted on the island. In the 1970s, a movement to grow more traditional grapes revived plantings on Madeira. Elsewhere in mainland Portugal and other parts of the world, it has since been cultivated for still white wines that are best consumed young.

Characteristics of the grape: as a dry white Read more »

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  • Marquis Philips Verdelho Langhorne Creek Holly's Blend 2008


    Good wine. Better with food, which I find rare in a white. Read More

    Wine review by oceank8

  • Kumkani Vvs 2007


    stonkingly good complexity and superb balance/intensity coupled with a fascinating aroma from an unusal mix of grapes Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • OK, so I got me a bottle of Justino's Sercial 10 yr old Madeira. Before I opened it i noticed that it seemed very cloudy but checked a few other bottles and all seemed the same. It's Madeira I thought like this wine has been cooked already what or how can this possibly be faulted.It was cloudy amber/orange color. A delicate nose of walnuts and b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Madeira Wine Faults?

  • Blandy's "5 Year Old" Verdelho Madeira NV


    I am not much of a wine drinker but I do know what I like. I had this wine at a dinner over 5 years ago and this wine has been on my mind since then. A smooth taste that is quenching enough for someone who doesn't like wine much. Read More

    Wine review by crazyda79

  • Kevin Sobels Verdelho 1999


    A beautifully smooth Verdelho. Read More

    Wine review by ChrisGray

  • Mollydooker Verdelho Mclaren Vale the Violinist 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by pumpacrump

  • Peza Do Rei Ribeira Sacra 2007


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    Wine review by PPessoaJr

  • Viña Godeval Valdeorras Blanco 2006


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    Wine review by cbarbata

  • Stevenot Verdelho White Table Wine 2006


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    Wine review by jmf

  • I have a thing for Madeira. I've never bought a bottle, but I have been lucky enough to taste some pretty cool stuff and each time I'm blown away by the complexity and enjoyment I get out of these wines. Greg was kind enough to dig up some treasures from his cellar to mark the occasion of me trekking over to frigid New York from my base of San F... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Really Old Madeira

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