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Praia Vinho Verde NV

Country:Portugal
Region:Vinho Verde
Winery:Praia
Grape Types:Lourerio
Trajadura
Vintage:NV
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Yield: 9,000 kilos per hectares
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pH: 3,41
Total Acidity: 6 g/L tartaric acid
Volatile Acidity: 0,36 g/L acetic acid

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Product Description

The Wine is made from 40% Arinto, 30% Loureiro, 20% Trajadura and 10% Azal. The grapes are pressed at low pressures. The must is then clarified and fermented at controlled temperatures with selected yeasts. Before bottling, the wine is filtered and cold stabilized.
The grapes are carefully selected from the best vineyards of the Vinho Verde region - the most extensive in Portugal.
Praia, which means "beach" in Portuguese, is a smooth and fresh wine with delicate and lovely fruity flavors. Slightly spritzy, it is well balanced and very refreshing.
The wine is ideal as an aperitif or throughout a meal, especially with fish, seafood, white meat and salads.  Due to it freshness, it is particularly pleasant in a relaxed and informal ambiance.

The region is typical for its unique wines that are fresh and light, combined with a very well balanced acidity. These characteristics result from the region's unique soil and climate, with a strong Atlantic influence that you will identify when you taste it.

"Full of fruit, a lasting peach flavor targeted with laser like acidity through the finish. It has the bite of salty ocean air and a lot of zing. For langoustines."

What: a range of top-notch Vinho Verde and Douro wines at prices that encourage overindulgence.
Standout: Made from the Guedes family's best selection of fruit, is filled with peach fruit and saline acidity.
From Penafiel, northeast of Porto, in the hills of Vinho Verde.
- Wine & Spirits, June 09 - VALUE BRAND
92 pts - TOP 100 VALUES OF THE YEAR

"It's rare to find a vinho verde – the famously light and refreshing "green" white wine of Portugal – that isn't delightful, but this is one of the best of the breed. And there's no better time to quaff these wines than in the spring and summer. This version is lightly effervescent, with a lively acidity that wakes up the palate. It combines lime and peach flavors with a whiff of sea breeze. Somehow it manages to be both ethereal and penetrating. The ultimate picnic wine? Perhaps. It begs to be drunk outdoors."
- The Baltimore Sun (April 23rd 2012)

Winery: Praia

The Praia Estate
The winery is a family business started in 1947, but the Guedes family has been producing wine for more than three centuries. The premises are located in the heart of the Vinho Verde region.

"Leading producer of Vinho Verde in Portugal; quaffable wines for every day."
- Anthony Dias Blue's pocket guide to wine 2006

The
Praia Vineyard
The family owns 120 hectares (296.4 acres) of  vines. The ancient vines hanging on trees were replaced by trellised vines stretching along the wires. The wine from the estate will be born from these grapes and sent to the remotest parts of the world, taking with it a little of the warmth of the sun, the freshness of the soil and the scent of the land of its birth. 
The Vinho Verde region is one of the most extensive European Wine Regions, situated in the North of Portugal between the Minho and Douro rivers, and limited on the Eastern side by the mountains of Marão and Gerês, which detain the moist winds from the Atlantic. The Atlantic climate and the granitic soil are the main factors that give the Vinho Verde its highly appreciated characteristics : a young, fresh wine, with low alcoholic graduation and a slight fruity aroma. From the 300 million liters of wine produced annually in this region, Quinta da Aveleda produces and bottles about 10 million.

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