With its long coastline washed by the Atlantic to the parched interior, punctuated by mountains and high plateaus, Portugal's vineyards offer remarkable diversity. What is true of terroir is equally true of grapes, with Portugal boasting a dizzying array of varieties, often purely local. Beyond the famous fortified wines of Porto, Portuguese wine has been gaining recognition with an ever-increasing cadre of growers pushing the bounds of what this ancient wine growing country has to offer and rightly winning the plaudits of grateful winelovers and critics from around the world. Tonight we take in wines from three different areas, with a white from winemaking royalty Dirk Niepoort in the Douro, an intriguing red from Setubal just outside Lisbon and a structured blend from the granite plateau of Dao.
Niepoort Redoma Branco 2019, Douro - £23.80
Piloto Serra Mae 2015, Lisboa - £14.60
Quinta dos Roques Colheita 2017, Dao - £15.70