Portugal for its unique geography situated between mountains that breathe the air of the Atlantic on one side and the Mediterranean on the other is conducive in the very specific and beneficial microclimates for our agricultural productions. Wines, olive oils and delicatessen are some of worlds rarities whose flavors could only be the result of this combination of geographic and climacteric factos..
It is the oldest demarcated region in the world wines. It was classified in 1756 in order to ensure the quality and authenticity of wines from this region. The Douro Valley is convenient to create robust wine and tannins. Douro wines have a very complex fruit flavors of the mixture of various castes.
How to drink: Robust reds work well with game and meats. They combine well with braised meats, and even better when they are part of the ingredient list. They make a great couple with cheeses.
The hot summers in Alentejo help the ripening of the grapes giving rise to very fruity wines. The Alentejo reds are made from a wide range of varieties, including Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Syrah, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon.
How to drink: These are very versatile wines. They can be consumed throughout the year and harmonize perfectly with a wide variety of dishes, from poultry, red meats and cheeses.
– Douro vineyards are made in terraces along the Douro River creating a landscape recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage. The centuries-old houses that started the commercialization of this wine keeps all its history over centuries of tradition. Today they made this area of the country a reference to the global wine tourism.
How to drink: Excellent as an aperitif or at the end of the meal, to accompany a cheese or dessert.
– The historic vineyards with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Setubal (marked for over 100 years) extend over 15 kilometers from the city of Setubal, in the limestone hills of the beautiful Natural Park of Arrábida where they grow the best Muscat grapes.
How to drink: Citrus fruit aromas, flowers and wine grapes Muscat are perfect partners for desserts and puddings. Also combine perfectly with coffee, chocolate, hazelnuts, almonds and desserts with eggs and sugar, so typical in the Portuguese cuisine. A delight if you combine it with the “neighbor” Torta de Azeitão.
– Exclusively produced in the demarcated region of Vinho Verde in northwestern Portugal, is produced only from indigenous grape varieties of the region, preserving the characteristics of aromas and unmistakable flavors.
How to drink: Light and harmonious, ideal with seafood, fish and light meals. They should be consumed quite fresh.
– It is a fortified wine with high alcohol content, produced on the slopes and cellars of the demarcated region of Madeira. The wood varies in sweetness from the category Dry to Sweet and is now a symbol of the island of Madeira worldwide.
How to drink: Especially suitable for parties and socializing, it works perfectly as an aperitif or digestive. Ideally accompanied by a cheese or nuts.
Already considered by many as the best olive oil in the world, Portuguese virgin olive oil preserves the taste, aroma, vitamins, antioxidants, and is the only vegetable oil that can be consumed virgin and raw.
Studies have shown that countries where the diet is traditionally rich in oil, such as that found in Mediterranean peoples have a much lower incidence of cardiovascular disease..
The olive color varies from green to gray tones, golden, light brown, purple or black. The darker, the longer the fruit matured on foot. It can be consumed as a snack or added to dishes such as steak, pasta, salads, etc.
In Portugal there are several types of olive, Galician being the most common, an exclusively Portuguese variety.