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Quinta do Ameal, D.O.C. Vinhos Verdes

Quinta do Ameal is the quality wine champion of Vinhos Verdes, devoted to the Loureiro grape variety. Ameal is a single estate, a walled vineyard planted in 1948. The estate is in the northern sub-region of Lima. The soils are deep yellow granite (the yellow is from a clay component), slightly acid with little organic material. The vines are 14 hectares, facing south and sloping gently down to river Lima. Viticulture is organic and biodynamic.

Today, Quinta do Ameal is owned and directed by the energetic (perhaps, visionary) Pedro Araújo, the first to anticipate and pursue Vinho Verde wines of excellence reflecting terroir. Pedro's father purchased Quinta do Ameal after splitting from the Ramos Pinto group in the 90s (Pedro's great grandfather was Adriano Ramos Pinto, one of the wine world's first 'marketeers'). At the time of purchase, the estate was run as a mixed farm with just a small production of grapes for wine. In 1999, Pedro took over and after some research but relying on a whole lot of gut feel, he decided to phase out farming and focus on the production of wine - varietal Loureiro specifically. This was a deliberate, radical diversion from Vinho Verde's history of cheap (usually badly made) blended wines. Given that Ameal don't align themselves with commercial Vinho Verde, the DOC identity exists discretely on the back label.

Tucked away on a secluded bend of the Lima River, Quinta do Ameal is an ecological haven, where biodiversity is nurtured. The property gently slopes to the south-east until it hits the bank of the Lima. As well as the vines, Ameal is home to a diverse forest of nut, oak and fruit trees (if you're lucky, you'll see deer at dusk). The grounds are home to of a number of centuries-old buildings, restored and used for the winery, offices, and luxury ecotourism apartments, all bound by the Quinta's dry stone wall.

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