Minho, which is Portugal’s northernmost wine region, is located along the nation’s Atlantic coast to the north and east of the famous city of Porto. Minho is known first and foremost for its Vinho Verde wines – crisp, aromatic white wines that pair well with salads, fish, and vegetable dishes.
There are six sub-zones of Minho: Moncåo, Lima, Braga, Pentafiel, Basto and Amarante. The entire Minho region is sometimes referred to as “Costa Verde” (the green coast) due to the lush, green countryside located here.
Vinho Verde wines are light-bodied, somewhat fruity and slightly spritzy white wines. You can enjoy them ice cold on a summer beach or with a seafood dinner. The lesser-known Rosado Vinho Verde wines are rosé wines with red berry flavors and a thirst-quenching acidity that some have compared to berry lemonade. These wines are best served young, when they are the most aromatic and acidic.