Portuguese White Wine is More Than Vinho Verde

Jun 13, 2020

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Portuguese producers make charming white wines from native grapes that are perfect for sunny afternoons.

 

In the northern region of Vinho Verde, the variety Alvarinho flourishes alongside Loureiro. Both create crisp, and often lightly effervescent, wines. In Vinho Verde, look for bottles from the Minho Valley, often considered Alvarinho’s true home.

Slightly inland lies the Douro Valley, which is most famous for powerful red blends. The Douro does also produce mineral-driven white blends from grapes grown on the mountain sides. South of Lisbon, winemakers battle the heat in Alentejano to produce top wines from Arinto and Alvarinho, with a few offerings from international varieties.

These 10 bottles can help you explore the terrior of Portugal’s white wines.

 

 



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