Vinho Verde Alvarinho v Rias Baixas Albarino – Portugal takes the lion’s share of medals at the Alvarinho International Wine Challenge

Readers know what a huge fan I am of Alvarinho from the Vinho Verde Sub-region of Monção Melgaço and I’m not alone in my passion for it.  The variety has won over many converts to Vinho Verde  – Alvarinho at any rate – whenever I show it at tastings. 

So I’m thrilled to see how well these exciting Portuguese wines performed at the Alvarinho International Wine Challenge last month – hope they start to get as much attention and recognition over here as Albarinos from Rias Baixas!

Here’s the list of Gold medal winners awarded by international jurors whose number included Rui Falcão from Portugal (President), Spain’s Jose Penin and Paul White from New Zealand.

  • Bodegas As Laxas SA Bagoa do Miño 2010 Denominación de Origen Rias Baixas
  • Quinta de Soalheiro Soalheiro 2010 DOC Vinho Verde Sub-região Monção Melgaço
  • Quintas de Melgaço Alvarinho QM 2010 DOC Vinho Verde Sub-região Monção Melgaço
  • Carlos Alberto Codesso Dona Paterna Reserva 2010 DOC Vinho Verde Sub-região Monção Melgaço
  • Carlos Alberto Codesso Dona Paterna 2010 DOC Vinho Verde Sub-região Monção Melgaço
  • Mar de Frades Mar de Frades 2010 Denominación de Origen Rias Baixas
  • Quinta de Couselo Tvronia 2010 Denominación de Origen Rias Baixas
  • Aveleda Aveleda Alvarinho 2008 DOC Vinho Verde Sub-região Monção Melgaço
  • Bodegas Coto Redondo Señorio de Rubiós Albariño 2010 Denominación de Origen Rias Baixas
  • Quinta do Regueiro Quinta do Regueiro 2010 DOC Vinho Verde Sub-região Monção Melgaço
  • Quinta das Alvaianas 2010 DOC Vinho Verde Sub-região Monção Melgaço
  • Quintas de Melgaço Castrus de Melgaço 2010 DOC Vinho Verde Sub-região Monção Melgaço
  • Quinta da Lixa Alvarinho QL 2010 DOC Vinho Verde Sub-região Monção Melgaço
  • Soalheiro Reserva 2009 DOC Vinho Verde Sub-região Monção Melgaço

Click here for the full results and, for UK-based members of the trade, Gold medal winners Quintas de Melgaço and Quinta da Lixa will be showing their wares at the upcoming Vinho Verde tasting in London on 12 July.  Click here for details of the event and a list of attending producers. 

Click  here and here for my reports of vertical tastings of Alvarinho from double-Gold medal winner Soalheiro and here and here for my notes on other great Alvarinhos from Monção Melgaço.

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  1. sarah

    Don’t know but always a good question with competitions! And agree, from the Portuguese side no mention of Anselmo Mendes or a new favourite, Quinta do Feital.


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