One of the most famous Portuguese wine regions is the Douro Valley, home to Vicente Faria Animus. Crafted from indigenous grape varieties, this supple red blend has notes of wild honey, chocolate and licorice, which pair beautifully with tomato-based pasta dishes. Just south of the Douro Valley is the equally well-known Dão wine region, where Catedral Reserva Dao is crafted. Smoky, dry and fruity, it pairs nicely with savoury kebabs.
The capital city region of Lisboa also boasts wines like Porta 6, a juicy, fruit-forward red with plenty of blackberry, herbs, coffee and watermelon flavours. Enjoy it with garlicky steak or ribs. The medium-bodied red blend Quinta de Bons-Ventos hails from that region as well, featuring a slightly spicy finish that works well with grilled lamb recipes. Silk & Spice Red is another popular red blend, offering intense black plum and berry aromas that are a great match for burgers or pepper beef salad dishes. Of course, Portugal also has fantastic white wines. Consider, for example, the extra-dry Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde. Crisp and vibrant, it has a hint of minerality and lime. Try it with spring salads and seafood.