Godello (Verdelho, Gouveio)
Godello, also known as Verdelho in Portugal and Gouveio in some regions, is a white grape native to northwestern Spain, producing wines with a mineral-driven character, flavors of green apple and citrus, and a good balance of acidity and texture
Varietal origin: Godello is a white grape variety that is native to northwestern Spain, particularly in the regions of Galicia and Bierzo. It is also known as Verdelho in Portugal and Gouveio in some regions of Portugal.
Typical taste profile: Godello wines are known for their distinctive mineral-driven character, with flavors of green apple, pear, citrus, and tropical fruits. They often exhibit a good balance of acidity and texture, with a medium to full body and a long, persistent finish. Godello wines can range from dry to slightly off-dry, and may show a touch of floral or herbal notes.
Regional styles: Godello is primarily associated with the regions of Galicia and Bierzo in Spain, where it is used to produce high-quality white wines with distinct regional character. In Galicia, Godello is often blended with other indigenous grape varieties such as Albariño and Treixadura, while in Bierzo, it is sometimes blended with other local grapes such as Palomino and Doña Blanca. In Portugal, Godello is known as Verdelho and is used primarily in the production of fortified wines on the island of Madeira.