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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  • Vezer Family Vineyard Verdelho Lodi 2006


    Has a taste of honey. Incredible vibrant flavor. Does not need to be chilled. Good legs. Read More

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  • Mollydooker Verdelho the Violinist 2013


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  • If you talk to the right people, you’ll learn very quickly that Portugal ... from dry, crisp sparkling Verdelho to bold, aged Touriga Franca and classic Port there’s a Portuguese wine for every palate and occasion. Other wines worth a try: Luis Pato Maria Gomes 2013, BarraidaHerdade do Esporao Red Reserva 2010, AlentejoFonseca 20 Year-Old Tawn... Read More

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  • Vezer Family Vineyards Verdelho Suisun 2007


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    Wine review by smashley88

  • Vezer Family Vineyard Verdelho Lodi 2006


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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

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  • 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

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