Maravista is part of the Luis Duarte family of wineries. In 2007, after an 18-year career as a very respected winemaker and consultant, Luis Duarte decided to make his own wines. He and wife, Dora Simoes, purchased property in Alentejo, in central Portugal, and planted grapes.
Though Luis and Dora Simoes now have two properties in Alentejo making excellent local wine varieties, they also have a great love of Vinho Verde wines, from northwestern Portugal. For our selection, Luis sourced Alvarinho grapes from Casa do Valle, a family estate in Vinho Verde with a history dating back to the 18th Century.
"Vinho Verde" literally means "green wine" and is so labeled because it usually has a green tint to it. It also has a crispness and zing that's all its own. For decades, Vinho Verde was a simple but enjoyable wine for everyday drinking. It was meant to be consumed young. As a matter of fact, most didn't even put a vintage date on the bottle.
That has changed, and Luis Duarte is at the forefront. Vinho Verde has always been a blend of several grape varieties, with the star of the show being Alvarinho. Along with putting the vintage on the bottle, pioneers like Luis are using only the Alvarinho grape. The reason for this is to make a point about Alvarinho wine deserving to be taken seriously. Well, point taken. This is a great example.
Like most Vinho Verde, there is a slight effervescence here. That zing helps bring out the lovely guava, lime and grapefruit flavors as well as an incredible finish.