Pretty tropical notes of pineapple, mango and citrus meld with pretty floral notes. The palate is framed by soft minerality and acidity, the wine presents a slight, pleasant effervescence
Quinta das Arcas, which produces Conde Villar and Tapada de Villar wines, is a family owned winery that was founded in 1985 by Antonio Esteves Monteiro. The family owns significant vineyard holdings in both the DOC Vinho Verde (Minho) as well as DOC Alentejo. Conde Villar wines are produced with the finest quality grapes from both regions, with careful attention paid to the treatment of the land. All grapes are grown under the EPA’s Integrated Pest Management system; eliminating pests using only natural methods. Due to its importance to the region, the winery also engages in cheese-making from cow’s milk collected on the property.
|The Vinho Verde wines are produced in northwest Portugal, on the Spanish border. The majority of the grapes (90%) come from Quinta das Arcas own vineyards that are located in Valongo and also in Galegos (Penafiel), totaling 370 acres divided into 4 vineyard sites. The vineyards here are influenced by a very special micro-climate formed in the valley of the Ferriera river, which, along with cool Atlantic breezes, lowers the temperature, particularly toward the end of the growing cycle. The vineyards are located about 20 miles from the ocean and at an average 492 feet high, except for the Espadeiro vineyard which is planted 30 miles from the ocean, at an altitude of 984 feet. The Vinho Verde vineyards are planted in a thin band of schist which runs north and south across the entire country. Nearby, though, is Portugal’s largest black slate quarry as well as its largest granite quarry, both of which are also found present in the soils. The average age of these vineyards is about 20 years, and no irrigation is used after the first few years to develop healthy roots. (50% Loureiro/40% Arinto/10% Trajadura). The hand-picked grapes were immediately de-stemmed and crushed to maximize aromas. Fermentation takes place at low temperatures in stainless steel vats.