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Portugal gears up for Best of Vinho Verde awards

Published:  13 April, 2018

Portugal’s Vinho Verde region is to host it’s latest annual Best of Vinho Verde awards next week, with a panel of international judges pronouncing on the top wines from this on trend region.

The international aspect to the competition was introduced in 2009 as part of a profile-raising drive to reinvigorate awareness of the region’s fresh, lighter styles of white, building upon a national contest that has been running for 25 years.

The results will be announced on 20 April 2018 at the Leixões Cruise Terminal in Porto, following a week of intense judging, covering white, red, rosé, sparkling wines and brandies, from the different varieties permitted in this cool, Atlantic-facing region.

The top 35 wines, as judged by a panel of leading Portuguese critics from a region-wide selection, will then be assessed by judges from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, US, UK and Portugal, to rank the final selection and identify a top five for the accolade of a Best Of Vinho Verde trophy.

Harpers will this year be joining the international panel of judges, with both those results and coverage of a broader trip to visit many producers in the region to appear in our May edition.