Goblet of white wine on wooden table on wooden wall background. Fotalia

From the back of beyond

Trás-os-Montes, meaning behind or beyond the mountains, is Portugal’s northeastern-most region. This is a part of the country often overlooked by visitors but whilst it is rich in both history and natural beauty, it is not particularly famous for its wines.

But wine has been produced here for as long as in most parts of Portugal and the high altitude, hot summers and cool winters create ideal conditions for winemaking.

This wine is a recent addition to the shelves at Apolónia and currently on special offer, reduced until April 16 from €9.95 to €7.45.

Now, this is a lot of wine for the money, even at the full price, but at under €8 it is a bargain.

The wine is made from a field blend of undetermined old vines, lovely white fruit and peachy notes on the nose, creamy in the mouth from fermenting and ageing on the lees in used oak. But not at all oaky, with great freshness and crisp acidity. This is a food wine, to be enjoyed ideally with flavoursome fish dishes.

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