Melgaço: Solar do Alvarinho

“Solar do Alvarinho” is a building in the old historical town of Melgaço – Portugal dedicated to the advertising, development and sale of Alvarinho wine. (Marked as a Cup in the map)

Alvarinho Soalheiro

Alvarinho is considered by many to be the noblest of the Portuguese white wines and is for sure the “Vinho Verde” which reaches the higher alcoholic graduations.

This wine has spread to other regions in the planet but the real Alvarinho production is limited to the sub-region “Monção and Melgaço” in northern Portugal. And it’s only made from Alvarinho grapes.

The building was among the centuries a town hall, a courthouse and a library. The top floor features a tasting room where you can try and compare the brands for FREE. Following the guidance of the employee I tasted the 2010 “Soalheiro” and a new addition to the Alvarinho family: Organic Farming – “Quinta das Alvaianas”.

At the ground floor there’s the bar/cafeteria and the shop where besides the wine you can also find other local traditional products like the “chouriço” or the “presunto”.

Wine&Spirits magazine describes “Follies Alvarinho 2009” like this:

“Rating: 92/100 – As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 08/09. While the aroma is flinty and a little undeveloped, the flavors already show layers of fruit, from Mandarin orange and lime to white peach and an anise-like fennel note. The contrast between smoky richness and freshness makes this a luscious wine to enjoy in late summer with lobster and corn on the cob, both off the grill.”

For more information about Melgaço please check the other posts in this category.

Photos taken in January 2011.

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2 Responses to “Melgaço: Solar do Alvarinho”

  1. countoncross Says:

    I have never figured out what kind of wine I like…..maybe because I never tried this kind before. I love the pictures!

  2. Richard Tulloch Says:

    Thanks for your visit to my local Sydney Guide – I’d be very happy for you to link to it if you like.

    I’ve also written about Sydney’s ‘Little Portugal’ – my home suburb Petersham.
    http://richardtulloch.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/petersham-sydney-sights-for-a-stay-at-home-traveller/

    Keep the Portuguese advice coming – we’ve loved visiting there and hope to go back before too long.

    Obligato! (sp?) Richard

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