Minho wine region
The Minho river forms the border between the northern edge of Portugal and Spain, and gives its name to Portugal’s most northerly wine-growing region, extending from the border south to the Douro river. This is Vinho Verde country, and shares the wet, fairly cool, Atlantic-influenced climate of Spain’s Rias Baixas just across the border.
The grape varieties are similar, too: Alvarinho (called Albariño in Spain), Trajadura (Treixadura), and Loureiro (Loureira). Alvarinho is largely planted in the north of the region, with Vinho Alvarinho being a speciality of the Monção e Melgaço subregion along the Upper Minho river.
Unlike in Rias Baixas, there are black grapes grown here too, producing the rarely-exported red Vinho Verde (verde means green, but refers to the underripeness of the grapes rather than to their colour). It’s something of an acquired taste, but oddly appropriate with local dishes like
- salted dried cod.
Decanting Club wines from: Minho
Clip do Monte da Vaia, Loureiro, Vinho Verde
Quinta do Feital, Auratus
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