Grape: 100% Codega do Larinho
Region: Portugal> Douro.
Notes: Dry White wine
In Southwest of the Douro in the wine region of Bairrada near the Atlantic coast, you’ll find the family vineyards of Luis Patrao. A Lua Cheia brand called “Achados e Perdidos” (“lost and found”) showcases códega do larinho, an indigenous grape better known for its inclusion in field blends. Over the years, the varietal has been pushed to the margins given its susceptibility to mildew and tendency toward low acidity. But in the hands of these producers, the large, compact clusters — organically farmed in a 100-year-old vineyard located on a steep, terraced hillside overlooking the Douro River — are thriving. Fermented by wild yeasts in stainless steel, the pour doesn’t lack for tartness, and offers clean mineral notes beneath ripe yellow fruit.
Food Pairing: The perfect companion to fish dishes.