Nortico Alvarinho Vinho Verde
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Nortico Alvarinho is a tribute to the artisan grape growers and tile makers of northern Portugal. This wine showcases the Alvarinho grape, capturing the taste of coastal Portugal in every sip. It's a "farm-to-table" wine, sourced from old vines planted near the Minho River, located in the villages of Monção and Melgaço. These subregions are enclosed in a semi-circle of hills that protect it from the Atlantic winds, providing cold, rainy winters and hot, dry summers — ideal for producing wines of great quality. The label design pays tribute to the region's rich tradition of local craftsmanship, drawing inspiration from the hand-painted "azulejos" or tiles that grace the buildings throughout this area. Crafted by winemaker Alberto Orte, Nortico is sourced from over 100 small vineyard plots, offering a beautiful expression of the land's distinctive character, and featuring notes of fresh citrus, peach, and saline minerality.
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?
Nortico comes from small vineyard plots in Monção and Melgaço, on the border with Spain's Galicia province, known as the best Alvarinho-growing area in Portugal. Unlike other wines from the larger Vinho Verde area, Nortico has no added CO2, making for a richer, fuller, well-balanced wine. Albariño/Alvarinho is the grape to watch for age-worthy, world-class wines, and Nortico is the perfect introduction.