Monção & Melgaço: The Origin of Alvarinho
Quinta de Santiago is located in the Monção and Melgaço sub-region, which lies between the river and the mountain. It extends from the Minho River valley and its tributaries, rising in the half slope of the mountain, adapting to different types of terrain and reaching reasonable levels of altitude. The Alvarinho of this sub-region is little exposed to the influence of the sea and has, as one of the conditions favorable to its development, the thermal amplitude in maturation, characterized by hot days and cold nights.
This factor contributes to the protection of the aromas and to the persistence of the flavor, retaining its freshness. Young or more adult, this Vinho Verde always preserves its character over the years. In its terroir, Alvarinho brought to life several styles of wines, sparkling wines and spirits. All incorporate some of their most striking characteristics, and take advantage of the experience and knowledge of local producers for its conception.
Viticulture and winemaking in the sub-region
Human factors and, in particular, the way in which the vineyard is cultivated and winemaking, accentuate the differences of the natural factors in the region.