Fresh aroma, intense flavour, and an unusual evolution in the bottle

Soalheiro-Alvarinho-Clássico-2008

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Soalheiro Alvarinho (Clássico) 2008

Soalheiro Alvarinho has the nickname ‘Clássico’, as it was the first wine ever to be made by the family, back in 1982. Since then, it remains our most classic style of single varietal Alvarinho, with aromatic freshness, intense flavour, and an unusual evolution in the bottle – it is a wine that goes well with any occasion!

Our vintages

Region: Monção and Melgaço, Vinho Verde DOC

Alcohol (%): 12,5

Total Acidity (g/dm3): 7,0

Residual Sugar: Dry

Grape Varieties: Alvarinho

pH: 3,27

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3): 0,32

(The values are approximate)

Our ‘Clássico’ has the elegance to make an excellent aperitif or complement lighter-flavoured dishes. It pairs well with foods such as seafood, grilled fish, white meats, matured cheeses, smoked meats, or Asian and Mediterranean gastronomies.

Soalheiro Alvarinho has a bright, lemon-yellow colour. This wine is distinguished by its fresh and elegant fragrance, revealing the aromatic complexity of Alvarinho variety. The flavour has intense tropical and mineral notes that balance perfectly with the acidity and moderate alcohol content.

Monção and Melgaço, the most northern region of Portugal, is protected by mountains that form a unique microclimate. This allows a perfect marriage between rainfall, temperature, and the number of hours of sunshine needed for the best maturation of Alvarinho grapes. The microclimate in Monção and Melgaço is especially important during ripening, when hot days alternate with cold nights, enabling the development of fresh and fruity aromas and an acidity that is present, but moderate - just the way we like it for our Soalheiro Alvarinho.

The grapes are harvested by hand. Between pressing and fermentation, the must is clarified at a low temperature. The wine ferments in stainless steel and matures on fine lees before bottling. The objective of vinification is to obtain a wine that showcases the grapes' high quality, resulting in good evolution in the bottle.

  • This wine is produced in a way that is vegetarian and vegan friendly
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Gold Medal
Arne Ronold MW – Vinforum 2021

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Gold Medal
Mundus Vini 2020

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92 Robert Parker Points
Mark Squires - The wine Advocate 2020

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93 Points
Wine & Spirits Magazine 2020

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95 Points
Sarah Ahmed – Decanter Magazine 2020

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Gold Medal
Allt om Vin magazine 2020

Vintage 2020

  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2020 received five stars by Arne Ronold MW, reviewed in the magazine Vinforum (Norway, 2021)

Vintage 2019

  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2019 won a gold medal at Mundus Vini (Germany, 2020)
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2019 received 92 Parker points from Mark Squires - The Wine Advocate (USA, 2020)
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2019 received 93 points, having been awarded the highest grade among the Alvarinhos in "Year's Best Vinhos Verdes" - Wine & Spirits Magazine (USA, 2020)
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2019 received 95 points from Sarah Ahmed - Decanter Magazine (UK, 2020)
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2019 wins the gold medal in the category White Wine awarded by Allt om Vin magazine (Sweden, 2020)

Vintage 2018

  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2018 received 92 points, being among the “Best of the Year” by the “Adega Portugal 2020” Wine Guide (Brazil, 2020)
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2018 won a gold medal at Mundus Vini (Prowein) (Germany, 2019)
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2018 won a gold medal at SAKURA - Japan Women's Wine Awards. (Japan, 2019)
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2018, rated the “Best of Test” by Deco ProTeste (Portugal, 2019)
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2018 received 92 points from Wine in Motion – “Year’s Best Vinho Verdes” (USA)

Vintage 2017

  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2017 received 92 Parker points from Mark Squires - The Wine Advocate (USA, 2019)
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2017 received Double Gold at SAKURA - Japan Women's Wine Awards 2018 (Japan)
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2017 conquista received Diamond Trophy at SAKURA - Japan Women's Wine Awards 2018. Soalheiro is the only green wine and the only Iberian alvarinho with this distinction (Japan)
  • Top sommeliers award gold medal to the Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2017 - ASIA WINE & SPIRITS AWARDS 2018 (Hong Kong)
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2017 distinguish at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 (UK)

Vintage 2016

  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2016 received 96 points from Sarah Ahmed - Decanter Magazine (UK, 2020)
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2016 was awarded 4 stars in the ‘Portugal: Our ProWein-Nation of the Year 2017’ category at the Wine Tasting Competition - "Selection das Genussmagazin" (Germany)
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2016 won a gold medal at SAKURA - Japan Women's Wine Awards 2017 (Japan)
  • Wine Enthusiast awarded Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2016 with 90 points (New York)

Vintage 2015

  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2015 received 96 points from Sarah Ahmed - Decanter Magazine (UK, 2020)
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2015 included in the Top Ten of the Best Norwegian wines by Geir Salvesen (Norway)
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2015 won a gold medal at the Mundus Vini Spring Tasting 2016 (Germany)
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2015 scored 94 Parker points
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2015 wins a Platinum Award at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2016
  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2015 – in the Best of 2016 by Mark Squires

Vintage 2010

  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2010 was awarded the DOP Gold medal by the jury of the Alvarinho International Wine Challenge 2011 (PT, 2011)

Vintage 2009

  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2009 received 94 points from Sarah Ahmed - Decanter Magazine (UK, 2020)

Vintage 2007

  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2007 gained the 1st place in the category of white wines within the international tasting TOPTEN by wine magazine – A Essência do Vinho (PT, 2008)

Vintage 2006

  • The Best of 2007 - selected by Revista de Vinhos. The jury constituted by the editorial staff of Revista de Vinhos distinguished the Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2006 produced by António Esteves Ferreira among the best Alvarinho wines in the Vinho Verde Region (PT, 2007)

Vintage 2005

  • The Best of 2006 - selected by Revista de Vinhos. The jury constituted by the editorial staff of Revista de Vinhos distinguished the Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2005 produced by António Esteves Ferreira among the best Alvarinho wines in the Vinho Verde Region (PT, 2006)

Vintage 2004

  • The Best of 2005 - selected by Revista de Vinhos. The jury constituted by the editorial staff of Revista de Vinhos distinguished the Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2004 produced by António Esteves Ferreira among the best wines in the Vinho Verde Region (PT, 2005)

Vintage 2003

  • The Best of 2004 - selected by Revista de Vinhos. The jury constituted by the editorial staff of Revista de Vinhos distinguished the Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2003 produced by António Esteves Ferreira among the best wines in the Vinho Verde Region (PT, 2004)

Vintage 2002

  • The Best of 2003 - selected by Revista de Vinhos. The jury constituted by the editorial staff of Revista de Vinhos distinguished the Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2002 produced by António Esteves Ferreira with the award of Excellence (PT, 2003)

Vintage 2000

  • Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2000 has been awarded a Seal of Approval by the tasting panel at the International Wine Challenge 2001 (UK 2001)
  • The Best of 2001 - selected by Revista de Vinhos. The jury constituted by the editorial staff of Revista de Vinhos distinguished the Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 2000 produced by António Esteves Ferreira among the best wines in the Vinho Verde Region (PT, 2001)

Vintage 1999

  • The Best of 2000 - selected by Revista de Vinhos. The jury constituted by the editorial staff of Revista de Vinhos distinguished the Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 1999 produced by António Esteves Ferreira among the best wines in the Vinho Verde Region (PT, 2000)
  • Edições Afrontamento and José A. Salvador award the Gold Stopper of the Portuguese Wine Route 2001, for the white wine category to Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 1999. (PT, 2001)

Vintage 1998

  • The Best of 1999 - selected by Revista de Vinhos. The jury constituted by the editorial staff of Revista de Vinhos distinguished the Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 1998 produced by António Esteves Ferreira among the best wines in the Vinho Verde Region (PT, 1999)
  • Edições Afrontamento and José A. Salvador award the Gold Stopper of the Portuguese Wine Route 2000, for the white wine category to Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 1998. (PT, 2000)

Vintage 1996

  • The Best of 1997 - selected by Revista de Vinhos. The jury constituted by the editorial staff of Revista de Vinhos distinguished the Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 1996 produced by António Esteves Ferreira among the best wines in the Vinho Verde Region (PT, 1997)

Vintage 1995

  • Challenge international du vin Blaye – Bourg awarded the Silver Medal to António Esteves Ferreira for the Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 1995. (FR)

Vintage 1991

  • Viticulture Commission of the Vinhos Verdes Region declares that by decision of the Jury of the Competition “The best Vinho Verde Wine Producer” was awarded to the White Wine Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 1991 by the producer António Esteves Ferreira from the parish of Alvaredo, in the municipality of Melgaço, winning the award of Absolute Regional Winner. (PT)
  • Viticulture Commission of the Vinhos Verdes Region declares that by decision of the Jury of the Competition “The best Vinho Verde Wine Producer” was awarded to the White Wine Soalheiro Alvarinho Clássico 1991 by the producer António Esteves Ferreira from the parish of Alvaredo, in the municipality of Melgaço, winning the 1st prize of the Monção Sub Region. (PT)