Portuguese Wine

 

Portugal is best known for its fortified wines Madeira and Port. But there are also some outstanding examples of still wines, mostly from the north of the country where conditions are not as hot. The appellations are classified as D.O.C., Denominacao de Origem Controlada. 
 
Many factors contributed to what has become the modern Portuguese winemaking industry, such as the boom in Port shipping, the effects of the 19th century Phylloxera and oidium crisis and subsequent vine replantings and the rise of estates (quintas), not to mention joining the European Union in 1986.
 
The main still wine producing regions are the Douro, Dao, Bairrada, Vinho Verde, Terras do Sado and Alentejo. Much of the wine is produced with indigenous grape varietials, often with many in the blend, that give it distinct and delicious character. These include for whites: Loureiro, Arinto, Malvasia Fina and Alvarinho. For reds: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Aragones), Baga, Castelao and Trincadeira Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Portugal View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Periquita

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

Subregions of Portugal

  • Alentejo

      This region lies in southern Portugal, known mostly for its extracted, rich wines. The cli...

  • Douro

    This region, named for the river, is best known for its reds that are specially selected to go ...

  • Madeira

    Madeira is named after the island in Portugal where this unique wine is produced. It was discov...

  • Vinho Verde

    This region in northern Portugal is known for its dry, refreshing, low alcohol and lightly spri...

  • Açores

  • Alenquer

Popular Wineries in Portugal View all

  • Caves Aliança

    A Aliança foi fundada em 1927, há mais de 80 anos, por 11 associados liderados por Domingos Silva...

  • Caves Vidigal

    Vidigal Wines is a dynamic family-owned winery specializing in competitive Reserves from several ...

  • Gazela

    GAZELA is a soft, light and refreshing Vinho Verde that goes well with life. GAZELA is an uncompr...

  • Taylor Fladgate

    Taylor Fladgate is the only Port wine shipper to remain completely independent throughout its 3...

  • Quinta do Vallado

    Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the ...

  • W. & J. Graham & Co.

    Graham’s Port was founded in 1820 by Scottish brothers William and John Graham in Oporto, Port...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Lindemen - Hey there - this is Paul (rckr1951), been drinking and watching the ... ... in discussion panel in Portugal on the subject.  Screw caps do have there place I think but not in all places.  Good luck - Paul&nbs Read More

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  • Adega Cooperativa de Favaios Casa Velha Douro 2016

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Mateus Rosã©

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    I first had this wine in the 60s and later in the 70s when I was in the ... ... islands which are owned by Portugal. It is a very pleasing wine and has much characte Read More

    Wine review by Custodian613


  • Graham's Lbv Port 2003

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    Pours a deep garnet with rustic tawny tones starting to form due to age....semi opaque in nature and great legs around the inside of my glass! Nose is of fresh ripe berries (blackberry, blueberry, raisins and currants), licorice root and slight alcohol. The flavors are follow suit with deep blackberries, raisined fruits, mild licorice and curr... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Quinta Do Portal Port Blend Porto Vintage 2003

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    Opened Dec 2017.....this could age for another 20 years or better!Pours slightly viscous but it isn't oily or syrupy.....and it definitely needs a decanting due to lots of residual sugars/stems/skin that has settled. Semi hazy ruby color with rustic overtones starting to appear. Smell is of licorice and assorted roots, heavy plum/raisined frui... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Taylor's Vintage Port 1992

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    What Robert said, it is luscious!!! it's all I can do not to open the last two bottles..... Read More

    Wine review by antwerks


  • Carmim Reguengos Tinto 2016

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    Drinkable but disappointing for a red wine from Portugal. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Alandra Rose Portugal 2015

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    Medium light and restrained cranberry and strawberry aromas with a touch of sweet spice and cherry blossom on the nose. Nicely spiced in the mouth with cinnamon sugar, good acidity and ripe cherry and watermelon flavors on the lingering finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Periquita Original 2011

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    mid body, light and deep at the same time - blackberry, caramel, vanilla, earthy twig. Nice one! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Quinta Dos Murcas Margem Douro 2015

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    Bold and rich aromas, full of dark earth and savory spice. Richly textured and brooding on the palate with a blackberry and black currant fruit blend, gripping tannins and smoky earth towards the finish. Serious, big and bold. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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