Verdelho Verdelho is originally from the island of Madeira, where it still makes sensational, medium sweet, fortified wines. In the last decade or so, Australian winemakers have adopted it and are making sensational, dry to off-dry table wines, and it's become increasingly popular with drinkers the world over. Verdelho can add zing to many a winemaker's pride and joy, but it is such an expressive grape there is often no need to blend it. Its tropical fruit character is balanced by refreshing acidity, which allows it to be grown successfully in the hotter climates of the New World. Signature Style Bright and zesty with a tropical fruit character Famous Examples Warburn Estate, Esk Valley Principal regions Madeira, McLaren Vale, Hunter Valley, Hawke's Bay Synonyms Gouveio, Godello Did you know? While Verdelho makes medium sweet Madeira, the sweetest and longest living of all Madeiras is Malmsey. In Australia, examples from the Swan Valley, the McLaren Vale and the Hunter Valley are considered among the best. If you like Verdelho, you might also like: Marsanne - an equally topical fruit-scented wine especially when grown in Australia. Torrontés - a fresh, aromatic, slightly spicy dry wine from Argentina.