Verdelho grapes

Verdelho, a white grape, is one of the main varietals of Portugal. In particular, the Madeira Islands have developed an international reputation by producing fortified wines. Portugal found early success with fortified wines, as the Island of Madeira was a port of call for ships setting sail for the New World. Madeira wines were vital to the supply of Portuguese ships due to their ability to survive long journeys without spoiling.

In Australia, Verdelho is mostly used in blended table wines. In Western Australia, it is often part of the Classic Dry White wine blends with Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. There are also many winemakers producing varietal Verdelho wines with success. James Busby introduced the Verdelho variety in the 1830s which is now successfully planted across Australia from Western Australia to Queensland.