Portugal gets the heat.
This beautiful, friendly and genuine country, wedged between continental Spain and the vast Atlantic ocean can easily reach 45+ Celsius, so indigenous grapes (there are more authchthonous grapes per hectare in Portugal than anywhere on earth) have learned to adapt. And skilled winemakers seeking freshness have opted to plant where the vines can make use of a refreshing break: at altitude, on cool soils, near the sea, in the path of cooling winds. The allure of Portuguese wine is not just in the microclimates and local grapes. Whether travelling through the safe, compact and stunning country, or here on the other side of the world, the value for price simply cannot be beat.
Below are our top 10 recently tasted Portuguese white wines for slaking summer's heat - and beneficially - for pairing with summer's local, fresh bounty.