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

  • Syrah

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

  • Roriz

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

  • Periquita

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Companhia Agricola do Sanguinhal

    Companhia Agrícola do Sanguinhal’s head-offices are located in the municipality of Bombarral with...

  • Ferreira

    Ferreira is one of the top Port producers, based in the Douro region of Portugal. The Ferreira ...

  • Taylor Fladgate

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

  • José Maria da Fonseca

    The largest expanses of Jose Maria da Fonseca vines are found in Setubal. each utilising appropri...

  • Agricola Quinta Da Lagoalva

    Quinta da Lagoalva de Cima is located 2km from Alpiarça and stretches along the south bank of the...

  • Caves Aliança

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde 2015

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    Fresh and uplifting this solid and a true value. Bright citrus, apple, pear and lime with great minerality, acidity and a touch of effervescence just to keep you wanting more - deservedly. Well done - 90 points - Paul Read More

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  • Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde 2015

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  • Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde 2015

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  • Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde 2015

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  • Portal Do Minho Branco Vinho Verde 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket for £5. Vinho Verde got ... extreme north-west corner of Portugal.A number of Portugese grape varieties are allowed. Most are low alchol [my bottle is only 10% ABV].My bottle was made by the Caves do Monte co-operative group and is a blend of the loureiro,azai, and avesso grape varieties.I... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Quinta de Cabriz Dao Colheita Seleccinada 2009

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    A pretty red in the glass. Red berry and plum, a little oak and spice with smooth tannins and good acidity, (9-12-2013)Update:Now torn and a little unbalanced it still shows primary fruit.Before - 87 pts. now NR - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Quinta de Cabriz Dao Colheita Seleccinada 2009

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  • Quinta de Chocapalha Vinho Tinto 2012

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    More red berry fruit and plum, with a slight pepper influence. Good solid framing tannins and acidity give this a good aftertaste. Better than expected - drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Quinta de Chocapalha Vinho Tinto 2012

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  • Magalhaes Vintage Porto 2000

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    I bought this bottle of port from the website ... Douro valley in northern Portugal and takes its name from the City of Oporto at the mouth of that river.It is a fortified wine because brandy is added to arrest the fermentation process. My bottle was made at Quinta do Silval,a small family concern in this area who use the Magalhaes name of the ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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