Driving east from Vinho Verde, is the Douro DOC, the oldest classified European wine appellation. The Douro River defines the southern edge of the Port and Douro wine areas. The river view of steeply sloped, terraced vineyards is a profound experience. Hearing the gentle breeze, a few birds and a distant church bell is surreal. The winemakers of the Douro live harmoniously in this special place, tending to its vineyards with deep respect. The Maçanita family is a welcoming bunch, eager to explain the magical microclimates here. Joana Maçanita, the sister and winemaker, strives to express the unique character of the vineyard sites. In the Cima Corgo subregion of the Douro, the vines experience extreme temperatures, particularly some of the greatest day-night temperature shifts in Portugal. As such the fruit experiences extended hang time. This brings forth an exuberant glass of summertime rosé made from the “king of Portuguese grapes,” Touriga Nacional. Maçanita’s rosé showcases its vibrant, floral and mineral side. Fresh crushed strawberry aromas abound, followed by a slightly creamy texture and a softly peppery finish.