Portuguese wine is a world unto itself. The geography of the country makes it more isolated than most. It is easier for Portugal to keep to itself more than many countries since its only neighbors are Spain to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. This is part of why most Portuguese wines never leave home. Portugal has over 250 indigenous grapes. It is second only to Italy in this respect. Vinho Verde is one of the better known types of wines from Portugal. Meaning green wine it actually refers to the freshness of the wine. Vinho Verde is young wine. Light and refreshing with an occasional spritz to it, it is meant to be had young. The grapes used to make it include: Alvarinho, Avesso, Loureiro, Trajadura and Arinto for whites and Vinão for reds. Yes Virginia, there are red Vinho Verde wines and they are delicious! Unfortunately, they are not seen much outside of Portugal. Vinho Verde is the perfect summer sipper. It is crisp and clean and easy to drink. It goes especially well with seafood. So, what are you waiting for? It's summer, go find some nice Vinho Verde and enjoy it! I hope you found this article informative. Ask me anything about wine life in Portugal. I have been living in the Porto area of Portugal for almost a year and a half now, and life has never been better! Sáude!