Germinar 2021

Germinar 2021

4/5 Vivino Rating
94 Points by Decanter

Grape: Loureiro
Alcohol: 11.5% abv
Type: Dry White
Vintage: 2021
Format: 75cl
Designation: Vinho Verde DOC
Region: Minho
Country: Portugal



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The wine has a bright lemon-yellow colour with floral and mineral aromas. The taste is dry and fresh, revealing the elegance of Loureiro, which always has a lasting, pointed acidity.


The Minho wine region, also known as the Vinho Verde region, is located in the northwest of Portugal. It is one of the country’s most well-known wine regions and is primarily known for producing Vinho Verde wines. The Minho region has a maritime climate, influenced by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is characterized by mild temperatures, high humidity, and frequent rainfall. These conditions are conducive to the growth of grapes and contribute to the region’s vibrant, green landscape.


Soalheiro Germinar is made from Loureiro grapes from vines that are more than 30 years old. They are planted on the western foot of Monte do Faro in Valença, on the left bank of the Minho River. Two wine territories, one of Alvarinho and one of Loureiro, divided by a mountain- a mountain that opens Loureiro, but closes Alvarinho, to the influences of the Atlantic. Here the territory is perfect for Loureiro, where the Atlantic influence is felt, offering a marked minerality while still revealing the soft floral aromas of the varietal.


The grapes are harvested by hand. After pressing, but before fermentation, the must is clarified. Some must ferments in stainless steel tanks at a low temperature. The rest ferments in two egg-shaped tanks, one made of stainless steel and the other of cement, in our Innovation Centre. This results in a constant bâttonage of the fine lees, which develops a complexity and flavour persistence in the final blend that is superior to what is common with this varietal.

Food Suggestions

Soalheiro Germinar is crisp and elegant, making it the perfect companion for Mediterranean cuisine, grilled fish, and seafood. Try it with ceviche or Asian cuisines. Certified vegan.

Ideal serving temperature –  10°C.