||Quinta Do Ameal Branco
Historical records of Quinta do Ameal go back 850 years, around the same time that Portugal became recognized as the sixth European nation. Evidence of winemaking can be found as early as the turn of the 17th century, though it is likely to have started considerably before then. Ameal sits in the Ponte de Lima sub-appellation, where loureiro is though to have originated. A close genetic relative of albariño, the name loureiro means laurel in Portuguese, which refers to the aroma of its berries. Ameal is one of the quality leaders in the region, working their fields organically and fermenting as gently as possible. This is quite a different wine from the light, spritzy Vinho Verde so often consumed at summer barbecues. More complex aromatics, rich texture, and notable minerality make this an interesting choice for an aperitif, or as an accompaniment to any manner of seafood.