A densely green region whose color names the wine produced in these lands of the northwest of Portugal. The demarcated region of Vinho Verde includes nine sub-regions: Amarante, Ave, Baião, Basto, Cávado, Lima, Monção/Melgaço, Paiva and Sousa. It is a territory full of natural places where the beaches and the mountains, valleys and rivers characterize the landscape. The vineyards, these are almost always present in every direction. This region also preserves a valuable architectural heritage, present in ancient cellars built among the vineyards that line the slopes or in historic buildings in city centers like Braga, Guimarães and Ponte de Lima.
Vinho Verde is fresh, elegant, light and aromatic. These are called "green" because they are produced in a territory with a green landscape that delights the eye, but also because its features reveal youth. The main white grape varieties produced in this region are: Alvarinho, particularly in the sub-region of Monção and Melgaço, Arinto, Avesso, especially in the sub-region of Baião, Azal, Loureiro and Trajadura. Espadeiro, Padeiro, especially in the sub-region of Basto, and Vinhão are among the main varieties of reds.
For those who go for a voyage to discovery of the region, many places are worth visiting. Farms and wineries allow knowing the wines and vineyards, restaurants and hotel units give to taste the typical gastronomy and tourism companies provide a wide range of nature and outdoor activities. The historic center of Guimarães, classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the historical core of Braga, Ponte de Lima and Melgaço or the Peneda-Gerês National Park also promise unique experiences.