Minho Wine Region Guide

Discover the treasures of Portugal's lush Minho wine region, where history, culture, and flavor come together in every sip


Last updated: January 4, 2024


Vinho Verde is produced in the heartland of Portugal’s wettest vineyard, the Minho, so you’d expect something a bit – well, tart and crisp. Vinho Verde does not disappoint: some of Portugal’s liveliest wines are made here, packed with ripe acidity and crunchy fruit. If you seek bags of alcohol and rich concentration, look elsewhere. Yet in the 20th century, when critics – and consumers – became fixated on strong flavors and wines with muscular potency, Vinho Verde was in danger of becoming an anachronism.

But after years of neglect and decline, this beautiful region is back in vogue. The growing movement to embrace moderation (and lighter wine styles) has come at an opportune moment for the Minho; this is one of the few destinations in Portugal where relatively low alcohol can be easily obtained. Sommeliers have been banging this drum for years – consumers desire lighter, fresher, and more elegant wines, they claim. We’d have to agree based on rising exports and investment into the Minho.


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