In many regards, the Languedoc-Roussillon is France’s best-kept secret. Their reputation pales in comparison to other famous regions such as Burgundy or Bordeaux, however they represent some of the most exciting, best value wines coming from France. Domaine de la Dourbie is located in the village of Minervois in the Languedoc, an area known for its old, low-yield vines of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah. Domaine de la Dourbie practices organic viticulture and utilizes native yeast fermentation.
While the Douro is famous for Port, it is also one of the top regions in Portugal for producing dry still red wines. For 150 years Quinta dos Avidagos has been selling most of their grapes to big Port houses. Only recently have they started putting more efforts into creating their own red table wines. Grown on some of the steepest slopes in the Duoro, the Lote 138 is a field blend of old vines from multiple indigenous varietals.