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Dry wine is any wine whose grape juice sugars have undergone a complete transformation into alcohol through yeast reaction. Thus, a dry wine is one in which all the sugars have been consumed and none were added before bottling.


What is Dry Wine? 

A wine is considered a dry wine when the quantity of residual sugars is lower than 4 g/L. It should be noted that in some wines the sugar content may have two origins:

  • Sugar from not fully degraded grape juice (Port wines or late harvest wines);
  • An ingredient (concentrated grape must or legally permitted sugar syrup) added to the finished wine (sparkling wines with a second fermentation, for instance).


Dry Wine Types

Depending on its sugar concentration, a wine may be considered very sweet, sweet, dry or extra dry. All wines, whether verde, white, red or rose can be dry or sweet, depending on their sugar concentration.

A wine is considered dry when it has a sugar concentration below 4 g/L.

Try these dry wines from our online shop: Arinto dos Açores, É Sousão ou Será Vinhão? and Rosé da Fitapreta.


What pairs well with Dry Wine?

All types of food, except sweet food, can be paired with dry wines. The perfect match is the one that gives the most pleasure when tasted. To reach a perfect harmony, try to match the intensity of the food with that of the wine. For example, for a typical dish from the Alentejo, such as pork cheeks, a good wine to pair with it would be a dry red Alentejo wine, preferably with some structure. For grilled fish, choose a dry white wine. 

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