Assessed by Wine Spectator’s tasters throughout the year, this selection is based on quality, price and availability. All wines have been rated 88 points or higher, priced at $20 or less and made in large enough quantities to be widely available. According to Wine Spectator’s editors, “Portuguese white wines have stood out in recent years, highlighting the distinctive characteristics of the country’s native grape varieties.”

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Created in 1990 with the same philosophy and origin as Esporão Reserva, Monte Velho wines were designed to reach more people and make daily wine consumption a new experience, year after year. Improving quality has been a basic requirement when producing this wine, which is made entirely from grapes grown using integrated production techniques. Adhering to the region’s winegrowing tradition, the variety of grapes and vinification techniques demonstrate the character of the region from whence it comes: rich aromas, a smooth palate and an excellent gastronomic bent.

Monte Velho White 2015 is produced with the traditional Alentejo grape varieties Antão Vaz, Roupeiro and Perrum. A crystalline wine with a citrus hue, it boasts lemon and fresh, delicate white fruit notes. Taut, intense and balanced with a long finish that underlines its aromas, it is fresh, versatile and ideal for light meals, such as grilled fish, salad and appetisers.

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