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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  • Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards Verdelho 2011


    Salinic sea air and melon nose. Honeydew. Zesty and slightly effervescent feel with melon and pear flavors. Nice.91 pts. 9/1/12 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Well, I am headed back up to Amador County (plymouth, ca)  for wine tasting after several years.  It is not my first choice in wine regions, but a friend wants to visit.   I see, that in my absence, that several new wineries have popped up there.... and it is not still all Zin and Viogner.  I was doing some research, and it appears there are mor... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County this weekend!

  • this was good reading for everyone, and not surprisingly to those in the know, Mannie Berk is front and center. There's a lot of history with old america and Madeira consumption, but obviously that faded to almost nothing for a good part of the 1... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Forbes: Why Madeira Is The...

  • Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards Verdelho NV


    No written review

    Wine review by BoilerJon

  • Solista Verdelho 2011


    Citrin colored wine boasting aromas of white flowers and fresh tropical fruit. A well structured wine with a refreshing palate exhibiting notes of fresh pinapple, smooth acidity and a lingering floral finish. Pair with light pasta dishes, grilled sea food and chicken, salads, fruit and deserts. Read More

    Wine review by Damaris Rivera

  • Monte Mayor Branco 2010


    aromas of ripe tropical fruit and some slight citrus peel undertones. good structure in the mouth with a long, pleasent persistence. makes a great apertif or combined with fish/shellfish meals and light sauced dishes. It's also great by the glass Read More

    Wine review by Damaris Rivera

  • Odisea Veritable Quandry White 2011


    We dined out, this evening, and noticed this on the list. I should say that ... ... from the back label 35% Verdelho, 20% Torrontes, 15% Albarino, 10% Grenache Blanc, 10% Marsanne. 5% Vermentino and 5% Viognier. (Does that add up to 100%?) Well this wine is flowery and fruity like you would expect from the flowery and fruity components tha... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Dancing Coyote Verdelho California 2011


    This was a big hit at the wine tasting. Sweetness Read More

    Wine review by Michael C Butler

  • Big House White 2011


    Just ok. Very chard up front and a bit dry. It got better as your palate adjusted to the wine. Nothing really worth mentioning. For another 2-3 dollars I'd go with Apothic white. Read More

    Wine review by Stallion

  • Join TAPAS (The Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society) for the ... the ... Mourvedre, Touriga, Verdelho, Bastardo and more. This is a walk-around tasting where you will be able to chat with the growers and producers. Many TAPAS members are limited-production, family-owned wineries and will be pouring small lot wines that are not... Read More

    From the article TAPAS2012

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