Ponte da Barca and Arcos de Valdevez wineries near Viana do Castelo, also said today, they were expecting an "excellent harvest" in 2019, marked by "fresher and more aromatic wines".
In Monção, municipality that together with Melgaço forms a demarcated sub-region of Vinho Verde, and where the Alvarinho grape variety is most common, the president of Adega de Monção, Armando Fontainhas, quoted in a note sent to the press, said that "the summer helped good maturations," adding that the quantity of grape will be "similar to 2018, but the quality of wines will be higher.
"The summer helped to good maturations, as we did not have very high temperatures, or much rain in September. A perfect combination. I therefore believe that we will have a quantity similar to 2018, but we will be able to further improve the quality of our wines," he said.
The harvest began on September 7 and is scheduled to end at the beginning of this month, "with more than 1,600 cooperative partners delivering their grapes".
"This year's wines will be fresher, less alcoholic and more aromatic, with excellent flavour", he stressed.