Six white grapes to watch in the Douro

6. Gouveio


Gouveio. Picture source: Wines of Portugal

This native Douro grape is favoured for producing age-worthy whites with good acidity and a slightly oily texture.

Once wrongly called Verdelho in the Douro – a grape that is widely planted in Madeira – Gouveio is in fact the same grape as Godello of Spain’s Galicia, although the variety was first mentioned in connection with the Douro in 1531, according to Wine Grapes.

Less than 1,000 hectares of Gouveio are planted in Portugal, mainly in the Douro, but also in Dão, and in both regions it can be used to make full-bodied whites, although it is almost always blended with other grapes. Occasionally in the Douro, it is used in white Port too.

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