"This is all about fresh apricot, butter menthol, preserved lemon and spice, quite saline too. with a pear juice richness. It’s golden and very juicy, plenty of salt crusted things, slippery but with a bright tangerine acidity, nutty too, tastes in a way like a waxy golden Riesling, but there’s a whole other different character to it. Quite unusual in a way. A rich wine, but also has zip and tang. Sea spray carries on a dried apple and cream sherry finish of good length. So interesting. A little Jura style oxy thing here too. Drink: Now-2027+"

94 Points | Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, Feb 2024

100% Arinto from the Azores. Arinto dos Açores is an autochthonous and exclusive variety of the Azores islands, having in common with the Arinto of the continent only the name and the good acidity. Clean citrus yellow color. Pure mineral aroma, citrus with grapefruit notes. Tense, fresh attack with a very present minerality and acidity, good persistence and saline notes. 


The history of the Azores Wine Company began with a project to recover the Terrantez do Pico variety in 2010, by winemaker António Maçanita and culminates with the foundation of the company on 3 April 2014, together with Filipe Rocha, Paulo Machado. On the island of Pico, the vines grow in extreme conditions, very close to the sea and planted in the crevices of the bed rock, in volcanic soil, defying the very definition of soil. Pico's vineyards are unusually close to the sea, between 50 and 300 metres; so close that the sea sprays the vineyards with salt. Viticulture on Pico Island is as a battle between the sea and the Pico Mountain. In the Azores Wine Company's vineyards, the salt water seeps underground and mixes with the fresh rainwater in a brackish combination that the vines’ roots drink from. Currently, the recovery of the Azores' indigenous grape varieties, located mostly on Pico Island, make up the typical profile of Azores wines. Completely unique, the almost extinct Terrantez do Pico variety reveals itself with surprising freshness, minerality and salinity. The white Arinto dos Açores and Verdelho O Original monovariety from the Rare Grapes Collection, represented more than half of production. They also innovated with its Volcanic Series of red and rosé Azores wines.


Grape Variety Arinto
Closure Cork
Alcohol 12.5%
Bottle Size 750ml
Brand Azores Wine Company
SKU AZ0022