Arinto is one of Portugal’s most common white grape varieties, finding its way into almost every region. At its most basic level Arinto produces light wines with high acidity and zesty lemon fruit flavours but it also utilised as a blending grape and found alongside many other varieties.
It’s a versatile grape and although quality really is subject to individual producers, there are two very distinct styles in circulation today.
In the north of Portugal, in Vinho Verde where it is known as Pederña, it often shines a lone wolf with a modern fermentation in stainless steel. The grape’s tendency towards freshness is what has helped the region forge it’s reputation for light lunchtime wines.
It is also possible to find plenty of examples that have undergone malolactic fermentation to create a much fuller, creamier wine, or indeed those that have spent some time in oak.