Museu Alvarinho

The Minho

This spiffy new museum in a beautiful old stone building on Monção's main square chronicles the history and production of Alvarinho wine through photos and Portuguese-only displays. Regardless of your language skills, you'll appreciate the free wine tastings offered onsite.

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