Verdelho

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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  • In a country known for its white wines, one New Zealand college is trying to ... ... a Madeira grape called Verdelho, Muscat a Petits Grains, lagrein from Northern Italy and a St. Laurent planted in 2012 to replace some vigorous growing syrah/shiraz from Australia. “The one thing that's probably missing from New Zealand wines is a cool climat... Read More

    From the article Kiwi University Seeing First Fruits of Vine Experiment


  • Cyprus and Paphos vales, the smiling LovesMight leave with joy fair ... the ... the sweetness. Other grapes, Verdelho and Sercial, produce usually off-dry and dry wines, respectively (Terrantez is sweet and Bastardo is on the dry side, but these grapes are quite rare). What this means is, you’ve got a Madeira for every occasion. Personally, I’... Read More

    From the article Madeira: Twenty Years on the Comeback Trail


  • Herdade Do Esporao Verdelho 2013

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    Wine review by mark


  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: our origins and future in a single glance I am going to ... Chardonnay from Napa, even Verdelho from Lodi." They suspect, for the first time in a genearation, that there are vineyards in the US the equal of those ancient vineyards they already revere, and they want to come to know and celebrate them.This is a wonderful, un... Read More

    Forum post in the topic LA wines, SD vines, London...


  • California, the land of sunshine, free spirits, and big wines. Right? Yes, of ... ... Forlorn Hope Que Saudade Verdelho California 13.5% $24 From  Vista Luna in Lodi and Dewitt in Amador All barrel fermented Waxy on the nose with big green tea aromas that are joined by faintly herbal, quince, and smoky almond tones. Overall this is a bit earth... Read More

    From the article The "New" California


  • Forlorn Hope Que Saudade Verdelho 2012

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    From Vista Luna in Lodi and Dewitt in Amador All barrel fermented Waxy on the nose with big green tea aromas that are joined by faintly herbal, quince, and smoky almond tones. Overall this is a bit earthy and low but quite aromatic with hints of candied citrus peel. Light and then fruity on entry, this comes off as very clean, a bit pithy on th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Forlorn Hope Que Saudade Verdelho 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • DMCKER,there are a couple of Steven Harvey's in Australia, however I ... a ... a Chardonnay, a Granite Belt Verdelho, one of the Boireanne reds from the Granite Belt, or Sirromet reds, Clonakilla's Shiraz Viognier, a Hilltops Shiraz, a Mudgee Shiraz/Cabernet blend, a Cowra Chardonnay, an Orange Shiraz, some Yarra Chardonnay &Pinot Noir, Mornin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Traditionally Sake or Beer, however I even wonder about Blanc de Blanc ... ... Pinot Grigio, Granite Belt Verdelho, and the rarest of the lot "1893" from the now defunct Rimfire vineyard at Maclaga Read More

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  • Just finished tasting Ballabourneen The Stuart 2013 Chardonnay (Australian Wine Selectors Hunter Valley Series January 2014 dozen), bottled under screwcap. Supposed to have a "round and subtle biscuity finish" Well the bottle I tasted was way to subtle for me I'm afraid! I think it is due to last week's tasting of the Tapanappa  2008 Tiers Picca... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


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