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Porto is Portugal’s second largest city, with a population of 237,500 as of 2011. Located in the Northwest of the country and built by the shores of the Douro River, also one of Europe’s oldest tourist destinations. Porto’s Historical Center has been a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1996.

The city unfolds along the river bank and the sea shore, to reveal charming vistas, monumental and artistic heritage, cultural life, shopping areas which run from the traditional to the modern and exclusive, inviting esplanades and all the pleasures of the outdoors, framed by its green spaces.

Geographically well located, is possible to count on a modern transport and communications network. It is also a short drive from surrounding country areas – some of the most beautiful and spectacular landscapes in the world.

Famous and unique, Port Wine is a fortified wine produced exclusively in the Douro Region and aged in cellars. Originally it was transported down the river on the traditional Rabelo boats, replicas of which can be seen next to the Luís I bridge. This wine stands out from ordinary wines thanks to its huge range of varieties, with an incomparable richness and intensity of aroma, a long finish, both on the nose and on the palate, and a high level of alcohol content (generally between 19 and 22% by volume).

The Port and Douro Wines Institute is the body responsible for certifying and supervising all “Porto” Origin wines. Its headquarters houses a multifunctional area for receptions, laboratories, tastings, visits and wine sales.

The history of this precious nectar is revealed on a guided visit to the famous Port Wine Cellars or the Port Wine Museum where numerous exhibits document the city’s commercial history and its relationship with the world-renowned wine.

Wines from the Douro region are beginning to be accepted as some of Portugal’s finest. Although excellent white wines are produced here, the area is best known for its great reds.

Vinho Verde, an exceptionally unique wine 

Owner of an exceptional sensorial singularity, Vinho Verde represent the best of white wines from Portugal, offering singular experiences of tasting and socialization.

A wine with Controlled Appellation of Origin, characterized by the citrus colour (white Vinho Verde) and intense, fruity, floral aromas, fresh, with smooth, very balanced flavour, light body, perfect acidity, low alcohol content and excellent harmony and persistency in the mouth.

Verde is perfect on several occasions. Intensely fruity, Vinho Verde is particularly popular as an appetizer as it is slightly alcoholic and has a very balanced acidity. But the Vinho Verde is also the preferred choice for casual dining. A natural beverage, low calories, ideal for those looking for lighter moments, relaxing, and a healthy lifestyle.

Fish and shellfish are favoured when served with a white Vinho Verde, light, fruity and fresh. Also white meats, salads and vegetarian dishes are combined perfectly with this nectar. Another virtue of Vinho Verde is the perfect harmonization with international food: sushi and sashimi, Italian pastes, paellas, duck meat and cheeses.

Vinho Verde is unique in the world. Its typicity and uniqueness is the result of the natural conditions of the Vinho Verde Region (the soil, climate, geology and topography), the peculiarity of the regional/indigenous varieties used (the main are Alvarinho, Arinto, Avesso, Azal, Loureiro and Trajadura), and centuries of regions’ experience and knowledge in vine growing and wine production.

With around 25,000 producers and 21,000 hectares of vineyards, Vinho Verde Region in the northwest of Portugal is one of the largest winegrowing regions in Europe.

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Great Wine Capitals Blog

April 14, 2015
This article, submitted by Porto-based blogger Francisco Brito, participated in the 2014 Guest...