QUINTA DO AMEAL
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Quinta do Ameal - Quinta
Quinta do Ameal has won various awards and received coverage in the leading trade magazines. It is devoted to the development of the Loureiro grape variety, having launched Quinta do Ameal - Escolha, which is already considered as one of the best Portuguese white wines on the market. The wine, made using 100% Loureiro grape variety, is fermented and aged in new French oak barrels for 6 months. The floral character of the Loureiro blends perfectly with the wood aromas, adding to the overall complexity.
Quinta do Ameal is already recognised as one of the region's great success stories. Gold Medal and Trophy 2000 and 2001 - C.V.R.V.V. (Vinho Verde Regional Viticulture Committee); Gold Medal 2000 Label Competition - C.V.R.V.V.; Best Buy Award 2000 and 2001 - "Revista de Vinhos"; 2000 and 2001 Best in the Region - "Revista de Vinhos". It is also available at the finest restaurants and wine merchants in the country and currently exports to countries including Belgium, Holland, USA, Canada, Spain, England, Norway, Austria, Germany and Bordeaux in France.
The Ameal wines where also been recognised by important sectors of the international wine press, including Jancis Robinson (Wine of the week ), Steven Spurrier( Decanter-Best Old World White), Hugh Johnson, Guido Francque, Tom Marthinsen, Matthew Jukes, Paula Bosch,Wine&Spirits, Harpers, Washington Post, Finantial Times, Revue des Vins, among others.
The Ameal vineyards are referred to in the annals of the Refóios do Lima convent, which were written some time before 1710. The ancient Quinta do Ameal is situated in one of the oldest parishes in Portugal, establisded even before the country itself (1143). Quinta do Ameal wine is produced in this sub-region of Lima, where the Loureiro grape variety is at its most aromatic and tasty. The wine is characterised by its freshness and youth, possessing a floral and fruity aroma.
The whole production process is closely controlled and monitored with the different phases taking place under the watchful eye of experts who are responsible for areas including oenology and viticulture. There is a meticulous selection of grapes, with fermentation at controlled temperatures, automatic rinsing, bottling and labelling and a constant use of the best possible methods or production equipment (e.g. pumps for whole grapes and a pneumatic press).
Quinta do Ameal boasts a rich environmental heritage and, in addition to its vines, it is notable for its stunning woodland, which contains oak-trees, walnut-trees and centuries-old stone pines, forming an area of outstanding natural beauty next to the banks of the river Lima. It is considered to be property with exceptional agricultural and ecological potential, as well as an area of historical significance. Today, it is recognised as one of the producers of Portuguese Loureiro varietal wines that is most involved in and responsible for the development of this grape variety.