Wine & Spirits Magazine announces the Top 100 Wineries of 2021, featured in the 35th Annual Buying Guide. Our Reguengo de Melgaço wine is in place 94.
This 16th-century estate that once belonged to the Portuguese royal family, is now a small hotel with a vineyard, planted by the Cardadeiro family after they purchased the property in the 1990´s. Their 18.5 acres of alvarinho grow on granite sands above the Minho river, producing consistently exceptional wine.
The 2019 starts off with plump pear flavors, adding the astringent buzz of grape skins before the tension slowly opens to raciness. There is smoke to it, like the buttery richness of smoked sable, cleared away by the salt and cucumber notes of the acidity, lasting on delicate layers of alvarinho savor.