The Huffington Post recently said that Portugal is the country that “everyone will be visiting in 2017”. That’s heady praise.
But let’s look at the factors: world-class beaches (Comporta is generating a lot of buzz), towns steeped in culture and history (Lisbon for its buzzing night life and scenic city walks), and The Azores (islands around 800 miles off the coast that are becoming more and more popular).
Then there is Minho region (on Fodor’s “Go List” for 2017), the scenic region in the northwest part of the country, with postcard-worthy landscapes, mountaintops, dramatic beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, including a jaw-dropping national park (Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês) and river valleys.
But Minho is perhaps best known as a wine region, with its rolling vineyards. Entire vacation holidays are being packaged to this area of the world, all around wine tasting and wine tours – taking the connoisseur right to the heart of Portuguese wine and cuisine. This is a country, after all, that founded one of the very first wine producing regions in the world.
There is no one flavor that encapsulates Portugal, but this region is special -- different, distinct microclimates translate into a vast variety in grapes. It is a blank canvas for winemakers.
The wine region of Vinho Verde is the largest in Portugal – in the extreme north, bounded north by the Minho River, along the Atlantic coast to Porto city, 34,000 hectares, rich in water resources, mild temperatures and lots of rain (1200 mm per year on average) – soils primed for the production of white wines. The country features several regions like this – there is no shortage for the wine connoisseur.
Vinho Verde stands for a Controlled Appellation of Origin for the production of wine, certifying quality wines from the northwest corner of Portugal and working to maintain alive its indigenous grape varieties and tradition in wine making, always keeping up with new times. Vinho Verde wines are light, fruity and refreshing, reflecting its origin in its granitic soils.
“Vinho Verde is committed to producing high quality wines that combine heritage and technology,” says Manuel Pinheiro, President of the Vinho Verde Wine Commission, the company in charge of certifying Vinho Verde.
The “Vinho Verde Route” is a treasure chest for the wine traveler looking to dig deep into ancient wine culture, connected with the history of Portugal, where farms, wineries, restaurants, lodgings came together to offer multiple activities and experiences for the wine traveler.
Go to www.visitportugal.com
for general information on traveling to the country, and www.winetourismportugal.com
for information on tours. For more information on the Vinho Verde wines and route check out www.vinhoverde.pt
Article Submitted by: Karen Overton