Loureiro is a light-skinned grape variety grown mainly in the north of Portugal and used in the popular white Vinho Verde wines of the Minho region. It is also grown in smaller amounts in Galicia, where it is known as Loureira, and is used in the white wines of Rías Baixas, often blended with Albariño. Loureiro is known for its high crop yield and its distinctive aroma of laurel. It is a high-cropping variety with the potential to produce dilute white wines if not well-managed. The wines have excellent acidity, low alcohol content and aromas of orange and acacia blossom. Loureiro wines are increasingly bottled with a hint of carbon dioxide to ensure optimum quality and add an effervescent spritz.