Verdelho most likely originated in Sicily and might have been introduced in the Fifteenth Century into the Madeira Islands east of Morocco. It later expanded into the Douro Valley of northern Portugal and then to the Anjou region in the Loire Valley of western France. Verdelho is the dominant white grape of Madeira wines. It is still found in the Douro Valley of Portugal and the Loire Valley of Western France.Verdelho de Madére image first published in Traité général de viticulture : ampélographie / publiée sous la direction de P. Viala ; secrétaire général V. Vermorel, avec la collaboration de A. Bacon.. [et al] Paris: Masson et Cie, 1901-1910.
The characteristics of Verdelho wines vary according to the climate, growing conditions, and the wine-maker’s art. The wine is usually aromatic and high in alcohol and acidity. Its palate can be rich, herbaceous, spicy and nutty with tropical fruit flavors. In Portugal Verdelho produces fortified wines; it is a major component in the famous Madeira wines. In France Verdelho produces a dry white wine. In Australia these grapes are transformed into dry, fruity wines and fortified wines.
Enjoy unfortified Verdelho wines with Chicken, Pork, Veal, or Seafood. Enjoy Verdelho-based Madeira wines with Salads and Soups.