Portuguese Wines for the Bank Holiday Weekend

Porta 6 Lisboa White Wine

With the long bank holiday weekend just around the corner you don’t need National White Wine Day, which was on 4th August, as an excuse to enjoy a few glasses of chilled white wine with family and friends at the weekend.

If you haven’t tried Portuguese wines before, then you might like to head down to your local supermarket and pick up a bottle or two of Porta 6 Lisboa White Wine or Porta 6 Vinho Verde White Wine which is produced by Vidigal Wines, a family run, medium sized wine company located in the centre of Portugal near the city of Leira. The winery itself was founded by a Church Canon at the beginning of the 20th Century and now produces some wonderful Portuguese wines available to buy here in the UK.

Vinho Verde refers to the area, which is Portugal’s largest wine region, and the style of wine, which the Atlantic climate helps to create low ABV and high acidity wines.

Porta 6 Lisboa White is a refreshing blend of 25% Arinto, 25% Viosinho, 25% Viognier and 25% Chardonnay grapes and has fresh aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, as well as passion fruit highlights. With its mineral notes and fresh and pleasant round mouthfeel, this refreshing Portuguese wine pairs really well with grilled fish, shellfish and pasta dishes as well as lighter white meat such as chicken.

The label is particularly eye-catching and is the artwork of Hauke Vagt, and eccentric German artist living in Lisbon.

Porta 6 Lisboa White Wine RRP: £7.50, ABV: 12.5%, is available from Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

Alternatively, Porta 6 White Vinho Verde is light in alcohol and gently spritzy and is a blend of 35% Loureiro, 35% Trajadura and 30% Arinto grapes.

It is crisp and zesty with grapefruit, lime and floral notes, and has an off-dry, fresh finish. This particular Portuguese wine pairs well with light meals such as salads, seafood and sushi.

Porta 6 Vinho Verde White Wine RRP: £8.99, ABV: 9.5%, is available from Majestic.

Author Bio:

Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a former member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.

Photographs courtesy of Vidigal Wines

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