Alvarelhão

Despite the fact that Alvarelhão was repeatedly regarded as one of the best Portuguese varieties during the 19th century, praised so enthusiastically by the Baron of Forrester, it was later condemned to the agony of abandonment. Its presence can be confined to the North of Portugal and Galicia, intersected in the old vineyards that remained from the past. And it is precisely in the Douro region, in the higher plateaus situated around Vila Real that the variety survives, especially in older vineyards where it provides light wine in colour, claret as it is classified. For many years this variety was used as the basis for rosé wine of the region, to which it conferred delicacy and fragrant aromas. At the beginning of Mateus Rosé adventure, when the majority of wine was from the region, Alvarelhão was soon established as the basic variety for its plough.

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