Elegant wine of a lighter, although consistent, red-ruby colour that is different from the traditional dark red wines hailing from this region which are consumed young and usually appreciated with food. Vinhão grapes are very special, particularly in their tannin concentration and colour. It is therefore essential to combine them with other varieties like, in this case, Alvarinho and Pinot Noir, to produce a more elegant and somewhat restrained unfiltered wine.
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.
Alvarinho and Vinhão come from inland vineyards, while the Pinot Noir grows on old vines in the Atlantic area of Minho region. This means that Oppaco is a blend not only of varietals, but also of terroirs. Cold nights during the ripening season, as well as the granitic soil typical of both terroirs, determine the character of this new style of red wines in Vinho Verde.
Red Vinho Verde?
These wines have a deep, vibrant red color. The color can vary depending on the grape varieties used and the winemaking techniques employed. Red Vinho Verde wines are known for their refreshing and slightly effervescent character, similar to white Vinho Verde. They have a typically bright acidity and can exhibit flavors of red berries, tart cherries, and sometimes a hint of spiciness. These wines are often light to medium-bodied.
Red Vinho Verde wines are versatile and pair well with a range of foods. They can be enjoyed with traditional Portuguese dishes like grilled meats and sausages, as well as with lighter fare such as salads and seafood.
Oppaco represents true innovation. Local Vinhão grapes are very special, particularly in their high tannin concentration and colour. Therefore, it is essential to combine them with other varieties, like our beloved Alvarinho, to provide some restraint and produce more elegant wines. The Vinhão variety is one of few red varieties where the pulp of the grapes is also red, producing a must that already has colour. The grapes are therefore pressed immediately following harvest to avoid a lot of skin contact. Alvarinho and Vinhão ferment together, spending no time macerating, while Pinot Noir ferments separately and spends time macerating with its skins. After fermentation, 30% of the wine ages in young French oak barrels for 1 year.
Ideal serving temperature – 16°C.