Vinho Verde, the new Beaujolais Nouveau?

by Eve Resnick on May 6, 2010

in General

When traveling to Portugal, one drinks two wines: vinho verde and port. Unfortunately, vinho verde has a very poor reputation due to its poor quality: sweet, heavy, low in alcohol but sooooooooo easy to drink. Unfortunately the low quality of 98% of vinho verde damaged the reputation of an appellation that can produce great wines. There is only to taste the wines of Casa de Cello and its friends of the Independent Wine Growers Group to understand what I mean.

In fact, vinho verde has the same problem as Beaujolais in France. Because Duboeuf launched the cheap and mediocre Beaujolais Nouveau, consumers forgot that the region also produces great wines. We can just wish the efforts of the best producers from both Vinho Verde and Beaujolais will shadow the mediocre production of those beautiful wine regions.

{ 2 comments }

1 Manuel Pinheiro May 31, 2010 at 9:55 am

“low quality of 98% of vinho verde” – No comments regarding the objectiveness and impartiality of an observer who finds that 98% of a 50M liter harvest is trash and however manages to discover that 2 Vinho Verde producers ( out of 600 ) actually produce good wines. People like Mark Squires, Joshua Green and so many others clearly know nothing of wines… And the same goes to the consumer: Vinho Verde had i’s peak export figures in 2009, having been growing for 10 years.

2 Evelyne Resnick June 1, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Hi Manuel,
I understand you are upset by my comment – especially if you work for the vinho verde body. But my post was more a comparison between two appellations: vinho verde and beaujolais – where cheap poor quality wines damaged the reputation of otherwise great wines for many years. Languedoc as well as many other wine regions had the same problem. Up to now, I tasted very few interesting vinho verde as well as very few interesting beaujolais. That’s why I was very attracted to the Casa de Cello wines. I’m not interested in other people’s opinions – as famous or qualified they are – or in quantities. The wines are what I’m interested in and I can make my own opinion, even if it displeases some people. Let’s agree we disagree or prove me wrong !

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