If you do not already know Vinho Verde, you should go on the Vinho Verde route and get to know the Minho wine region. From tastings in the typical wineries to snacks and regional cuisine - you will not soon forget this experience.
In the extreme north-west of Portugal, the Vinho Verde route (literally green wine) leads us through an equally green landscape, divided into small parcels that occupy the entire Minho region and extend south to the Vouga river.
The unique Vinho Verde is an excellent reason to discover the area. Its name probably has to do with the color that prevails in the region in which it is produced, or with its own acidity, as if the grapes had still been harvested green. It is, however, white or red, a light wine, which is cooled and which fits well with the abundant fish and shellfish. The white Vinho Verde, the most popular and famous, is particularly aromatic and refreshing and is often used as an aperitif, for salads, snacks or simply for a break on a hot day.
The vineyards, which are mainly along the rivers, are influenced by the Atlantic, and the vines are entwined with trees in their search for the sun. They climb up trellises and planted fields adorned by typical grain stores. They are divided into nine sub-regions (from north to south): Monção e Melgaço; Lima; Basto; Cávado; Ave; Amarante; Baiao; Sousa and Paiva.