Grape Varieties K-L Loureiro

Loureiro Wine

Loureiro Grapes

Loureiro is a light-skinned variety grown mainly in the north of Portugal and used to make the popular white Vinho Verde wines of the Minho region. It's also grown in smaller amounts in Galicia, just across the Spanish border to the north. Here it is called Loureira, and is used in the white wines of Rias Baixas, often blended with the district's pre-eminent grape variety, Albari?o, of which it is thought to be a relative.

The name Loureiro means "laurel", and refers to the distinctive aroma of the berries. Genetic studies suggest this is an old grape variety, and documentary references can be found dating back to the late 18th Century. Until the 1960s, it was mainly grown in one location, the Vale do Lima in the northern coastal part of the Minho region. Its relationship to the near-extinct red grape Loureiro Tinto is not yet known.

Loureiro wines also have aromas of orange and acacia blossom, have excellent acidity and are low in alcohol. Varietal Loureiro wines are becoming more popular, but historically, Vinho Verde wines have also contained the more subtle grape varieties Trajadura and Pederna (the Minho name for Arinto). These simple, refreshing wines are prone to premature oxidation and are increasingly bottled with a hint of carbon dioxide to ensure optimum quality and to add an effervescent spritz.

Synonyms include: Loureira, Galego Dourado.

Food pairings for Loureiro wines include:

  • Clams steamed with white wine
  • Vietnamese summer rolls with prawn
  • Lentil and tomato curry
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Most Popular Loureiro Wine

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Wine Name
Region
Popularity
Score
Avg Price
Niepoort Docil Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 18,260th 89 $14
Quintas do Homem 'Vale do Homem' Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 26,559th 89 $14
Aphros Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 31,165th 89 $17
Gazela Branco, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 39,252nd 87 $7
Anselmo Mendes 'Muros Antigos' Loureiro Escolha, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 43,337th 89 $11
Ameal Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 45,656th 90 $17
Vicente Faria Animus Branco, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 47,425th 86 $12
Quinta D'amares Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 50,322nd 87 $4
Paco da Palmeira 'Royal Palmeira' Loureiro Sur Lies Fines, Minho, Portugal Minho 51,379th 88 $15
Aphros 'Phaunus Pet Nat', Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 56,025th 88 $24
Casal de Ventozela 'Vento'Z' Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 63,324th $12
Casa do Valle Branco, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 63,324th 87 $10
Joao Portugal Ramos Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 65,064th 87 $10
Anselmo Mendes 'Passaros' Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 65,064th 88 $11
Casa de Vila Nova 'Vila Nova' Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 68,791st 88 $11
Quinta de Gomariz QG Loureiro Colheita Seleccionada, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 68,791st 88 $7
Aphros 'Phaunus' Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 68,791st $24
Adega Cooperativa Ponte de Lima Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 83,227th 86 $7
Aphros Ten, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 86,221st 88 $14
Quinta do Ameal Escolha Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 93,172nd 90 $25
Marcio Lopes Pequenos Rebentos Escolha Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 97,011th 88 $8
Marcio Lopes Pequenos Rebentos Edicao Limitada Reserva Vinhas Velhas Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 97,011th 89 $19
Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas 'Maria Bonita' Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 101,375th 88 $10
Ameal Solo Unico, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 101,375th 90 $25
Quinta da Lixa Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal Vinho Verde 101,375th 86 $10
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