We all know Vinho Verde from north Portugal as a light, pleasant insubstantial wine for quaffing. Think again, the “Auratus” takes Vinho Verde to the next level. Yes the wine is lively and crisp with citrus and apple fruits, but there is, in addition, real weight and body on the mid-palate. Marcial Dorado, the owner of Quinta do Feital, is a Spaniard who dreamed of producing exceptional Albariño in his home region of Galicia in the extreme northeast of Spain. Unexpectedly, his search for quality vineyards led him to northern Portugal, where he discovered some remarkable old vine Albariño, locally known as Alvarinho. His Quinta do Dorado Alvarinho is considered a benchmark white wine for the whole Iberian Peninsula. After this success, Marcial purchased a second estate on the mouth of the Minho River on a rare outcropping of schist. Vinho Verde’s traditional Trajadura is planted here, and yields wines with body, vivid acidity and minerality. Marcial has replanted the steepest portions of the vineyard with Alvarinho to blend with the Trajadura and the “Auratus” is the result. Luscious and thought-provoking, this wine is ideal with shellfish, poultry or grilled swordfish.