White Wine Monte de Seda

Portuguese white wine from the Alentejo region.

One fantastic white wine from the Alentejo region at one entry-level price.

White wine with citrine color.

In the nose it’s a very aromatic wine with notes of tropical fruits.

The palate present us one white wine fresh and lively, intense and well balanced.

We recommend that you enjoy this white wine at one temperature between 8° to 10°C

Manual harvest with 100% hand picking grapes.

Grapes Varieties: Arinto and Antão Vaz

The grapes

Arinto is such a versatile variety that it has spread through most of Portugal, taking on quite disparate names depending on the region. These include Pedernã, Pé de Perdiz Branco (White Partridge Foot), Chapeludao, Cerceal, Azal Espanhol, Azal Galego and Branco Espanhol (Spanish White)!

It produces fresh, tense and vibrant wines with high natural acidity and marked mineral profile with good ageing potential. Unyielding acidity is Arinto's calling card, and it is precisely for that reason that it is described as being the Alentejo's best blending variety.

While Arinto is most famed in the Bucelas denominated wine region, where it is traditionally bottled as a varietal wine, in the Alentejo its grapes are used more in blends to provide that all-important acidity. It has a discreet aroma with no pretensions of exuberance or intensity, showing notes of green apple, lemon and lime accompanied by a vegetal character and mineral pungency. In specific cases it may take on a tropical character, evoking the exoticism of passion fruit.

Lengthy macerations and fermentations at low temperature put back any lustre that may have been lost. Oak fermentation also suits Arinto, although ageing potential in bottle is lost in this process. 

Antão Vaz
The origins of the Antão Vaz grape varieties are extremely vague; little is known of its provenance other than it originates from the Alentejo. As it has not travelled much out of the region, Antão Vaz has no other synonyms.

The variety has attained star status in Vidigueira and Évora, sub-regions that generate Antão Vaz wines of great complexity.

The variety is loved by vine growers and winemakers alike, ex libris of the Alentejo and heart and soul of its finest white wines.

Being a hot-climate grape variety, Antão Vaz is particularly well-suited to the Alentejo's sun-drenched plains and highly resistant to drought and disease. It has consistently reliable yields which ripen evenly. As a rule it produces perfumed, well-structured, firm and full-bodied wines, although in adverse conditions they may lack refreshing and reinvigorating acidity. For that reason it is often blended with Roupeiro and Arinto wines to ensure a natural, sharper acidity.

If harvested early Antão Vaz will originate vibrant, acidic wine with exotic aromas, firm on the palate. If the grapes are picked late the results will have higher alcohol content and more perfumed aromas, ideally suited for ageing in new-oak barrels.

When bottled as a varietal wine, Antão Vaz shows aromas of ripe tropical fruit, tangerine peel with discreet mineral notes. 

Enjoy this white wine with grilled fish, Seafood rice, Asparagus tart, grilled tuna steak, Stuffed red peppers, etc.

Wine available in bottle with 75cl and Bag-in-Box (BIB) with 5 liters for big parties.

To see all our wines from the Alentejo and other Portuguese regions, please visit our website.


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