Well-balanced with vibrant citrus, green apple and lemongrass flavors and a subtle effervescence, Gazela is a fresh, approachable and unstuffy Vinho Verde. And at just 9% ABV, Gazela is lower in alcohol and calories than other white wines. Just like you might say “Hell Yeah” to a fun, last-minute opportunity, we say #GazelYeah to impromptu shared moments, and to Vinho Verde becoming the next US wine trend.
Nestled in the northwest corner of the country, Vinho Verdes is one of the oldest wine regions in Portugal and translates directly to “green wine,” though not because of the color—it means “green” as in “young.”
Gazela is released 3-6 months after harvest and best enjoyed within 12-18 months of release. Since 2012 the Vinho Verde category has grown over 30%, reaching nearly 600,000 cases. Vinho Verde and Gazela in particular, are suited to the new consumer who favors unique brands at affordable prices, and from much smaller vineyards than those mass produced from America or Australia.
António Braga is the Enological Director of Mateus, Dão and Vinhos Verdes at Sogrape Vinhos, managing the Vinho Verde range directly. At the company since 2007, he originally assumed a winemaking role at Quinta da Leda. There, in the Douro Superior, Antonio oversaw 10 harvests and made an invaluable contribution as the ‘right hand man’ to Luis Sottomayor, amplifying the portfolio and prestige of Sogrape’s Douro wine brands.
In recognition of his excellent work, new and greater responsibilities naturally followed and in March 2017, António Braga took responsibility for Sogrape Vinhos’ Fine Wine – Vinhos Verdes range, monitoring a new winemaking team.
Driven by curiosity and a desire to experience foreign climates, he started his winemaking career in 2003, with harvests in Portugal, California, Argentina, Chile and New Zealand.