I was thrilled when we bought Romaneira to discover that we had nearly five hectares of white wine grapes planted on serious terroir. Mostly Malvasia Fina and Verdelho (or Gouveio as it is called in the Douro). This is actually quite unusual, as white grapes have not been taken very seriously in recent decades in the Douro, as their destination was white Port. But some of these varieties have fascinating personalities, with high natural acidities, and are capable of making very fresh and complex white wines even in the extreme heat of the Douro Valley. My wife Corinne, who is an oenologist specialised in white wines, has taken on the project of making white wine at Romaneira. Here she is checking out the Malvasia Fina in the vineyard, one week before harvest.
After the initial success of the Romaneira Verdelho and Vinho Branco blends we decided to plant out some hectares of Noval with white grapes, so Noval will be entering into competition with Romaneira soon as a serious Douro white wine producer.
And here, one week later we see the same grapes arriving at the winery. The most perfect white wine grapes we have seen here.