Portugal

Portugal is Europe's most underappreciated food and wine destination. Long overshadowed by its neighbor, Spain,  Portugal remains an undiscovered, treasure-trove of food and wine opportunities. In the north, the seaside city of Porto is synonymous with the fortified wine of a similar name. But upriver is the newly emerging wine region of Douro - whose wines have similar characteristics to the wines further upriver in Spain's Ribero del Duero region. But the Alentejo region to the south offers some wonderful surprises. Here modern wine techniques are married with traditional wine varietals to create fruit-forward and succulent wines. Along the way are hundreds of ancient ruins, medieval villages and castles, some dating back to Roman occupation. The food is similar to the cuisine of Spain, with pork and lamb dominating meals that are complemented by fresh vegetables and the wonderful seafood of Portugal's Atlantic border.