DAY 6

Monte Da Serra
2018 WHITE WINE
PRODUCT OF PORTUGAL

The Wine

Ask most people their response when they think of Portuguese wine, and inevitably the answer is sweet and fortified Port, or hearty, robust red wines. But, take a moment to ponder: why wouldn’t Portugal have the ability to make world-class whites? It is a tiny country with miles of coastline, and all the vineyards benefit from this maritime influence. Portugal has similar rocky, sandy soils as France and Germany, home to some of the greatest white grapes in the world. Too long have Portuguese whites been overshadowed by their red contemporaries, and their time in the sun – literally – is now. Once you taste this rich, full-bodied white you’ll fall as hard as we did for the hidden gem of a wine and fortuitous discovery.

 

The Place

Oranges, lemons, roses and jasmine are fixtures of the Portuguese landscape. It is no wonder, then, that these fresh, bright citrus flavors and floral aromas transmit themselves into the finished wine. The steep river valleys of Portugal provide optimum grape growing conditions for Monte Da Serra – well draining, rocky soils; a conduit for maritime breezes; a sunny exposure and long, consistent growing seasons. Almost all the harvesting is necessarily done by hand, and this care in selecting only the best grapes at optimum maturity is also reflected in the finished wines, which are crystal-clean, fresh and pure.

 

The People/Culture

The Portuguese are an adventurous, sea-faring people who, from their tiny home base on the Iberian Peninsula, were among the first to navigate the open seas and explore hitherto unknown regions of the world. Of course, the first maritime explorers brought back influences from their travels, and the culture of Portugal is a resulting mélange of various traditions from around the world. As such, the culinary culture is fascinating, with flavors that reflect these travels. Monte da Serra is therefore a perfect match with a wide variety of diverse cuisine – especially lighter fare like seafood, roast poultry and even fresh fruit.