Country of Origin: Portugal
Location: Basto, Vinho Verde
People: Rui Abecassis, Patrick Mata & Alberto Orte, Owners | Luis Duarte, Winemaker


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When & Why: When Vera Vinho Verde launched the 2010 vintage, Obrigado felt a quality vinho verde wine was missing. The ambition was to produce a better vinho verde: estate fruit only, less residual sugar and less carbonation; all of which runs against the norm for other offerings from the region. A little known fact about Portuguese winemaking history is that in the 50’s and 60’s, the Portuguese government, under pressure from the wine industry, resisted the arrival of Coca-Cola and soft drinks. Vinho Verdes, with their light alcohol and slight carbonation, were the soft-drink du jour that the drink people could have for lunch or when meeting with a friend.

Winery Information: The Vinho Verde DOC is in northwest Portugal, just north of the warm Douro River Valley. It is rainy, mountainous and intensely green. The winery is in the Vinho Verde subregion of Basto, inland and north of the Douro River. Cold damp winters are flowed by a mild spring and summer. In total Casa do Valle has 38 hectares (93 acres) organized in 140 plots (yes 140 scattered in a 12 mile radius). Harvest is 100% manual. Organic efforts are used.

About Luis Duarte: Luis Duarte is one of the true rock stars of Portugal. Luis started at Herdade do Esporao when he was only 21 years old (1987), and helped make Esporao a leading brand from the Alentejo. Luis left in 2005 to be Head Winemaker at Herdade do Grous, considered the benchmark for the Alentejo. Luis was twice named Winemaker of the Year (1997 & 2007) by Portugal's highly regarded "Revista dos Vinhos." Since 2007, Luis has been helping to define quality Vinho Verde at Casa do Valle. In 2010 he received the nomination for "Best Winemakers in the World" by "Der Feinschmecker."

Media Links
New York Magazine: Green Gulp
New York Post: Summer Sips

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