The 1,800-feet high vineyards perched on scary-steep slopes in the upper Douro give the wine the cool character it needs. Winemaker Francisco Olazabal, a direct descendant of the Douro's Dona Antonia Ferreira, nurtures this unusual white wine (most Douro is red). It's perfumed, fruity and fresh. Acidity, tangy lemon and pineappletake center stage along with a steely inner core. Drink now.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.