Cerdeira family, Melgaço, Portugal
Winemaker Luis Cerdeira
Soil Type Granitic
Main Varieties Alvarinho
The Soalheiro vineyards were established in 1974, not far from Melgaço (in Alvaredo in fact), Portugal's most northerly town, and overlooking the Minho River. Since then, this very special terroir has allowed Soalheiro to forge its reputation as the very finest producer of this variety in Portugal.
Luis Cerdeira, whose grandfather established the estate, now makes these benchmark wines. Vineyards are between 100m and 200m, planted on granite, above the Minho. All the Vineyard cultivation is organic, though not certified for all their wines.