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...

  • Touriga Nacional

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

  • Periquita

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • 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...

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

  • Porto Cruz

      Porto Cruz is one of the most recognized brands of Port, produced in the Douro Valley of P...

  • José Maria da Fonseca

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

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

    Since 1999, Quinta de Ventozelo belongs to the Spanish group Proinsa. The property is located in ...

  • Caves Aliança

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

  • Anselmo Mendes

    Anselmo Mendes was born in Monção and has followed the tradition of his family of dedicating thei...

  • Quinta da Alorna

    Quinta da Alorna is one of Ribatejos top producers of wine. The property is located in the outski...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • DMCKER - Thanks for the heads up - didn't know that's why I credited it to them.  Next time. Read More

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  • RCKR, when lifting verbatim in this manner and at this volume would be good if ... ... in that grey area.Poor Portugal, doesn't even warrant an article of its own. Guess CA 'forest' fires are so commonplace they can have other places stuffed in together with them, too. EDIT: Here's the link, though it looks like A-Rod's mid-season retirement ... Read More

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  • Yes, Rckr, we are pretty aware of the fires, out here.  My wife's cousin was evactuated the other day. Fortunately, that one had a happy ending.  So many others have not been so fortunate.I was aware of the Madeira fires, but was unaware of the ones on the Portuguese mainland. Read More

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  • Wildfires Threaten Wine Regions in California, PortugalWildfires are again ravaging California, threatening the vineyards and livelihoods of many in notable winegrowing regions. South of Carmel Valley, the Soberanes fire has been blazing since July 22, burning more than 79,000 acres. The fire is still only 60 percent contained, but has not threa... Read More

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  • Quinta Das Seten Costas Alenquer 2013


    I bought this bottle of wine for £7.50 from a shop in London [www.oddbins.com ... to the north of Lisbon in Portugal to the east of the Serra de Montejunto range of hills which offer some protection from the Atlantic weather. Quinta das Seten Costas is a brand name used by the Casa Santos Lima wine company,the largest producer in Alenquer.My ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Porto Cruz Pink Douro


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    Wine review by Ariggs

  • Dow's Late Bottle Vintage 2006


    Just getting the beginnings of tawny around the edges in my port glass, this is burgundy/purple with black raspberry coloration. The aromas are of wild black currant, sweet velvety concord grape, cinnamon, chocolate, soft vanilla oak, blueberry and blackberry. Flavors are superb...sweet rum cake, raisin, concentrated black currant and blueberr... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Montaria 2014


    Easy drinking, medium bodied red blend. Dark fruits and spice on the nose with black cherry, blackberry, and vanilla with a hint of cinnamon on the palate. Has good tannin structure, opens up nicely after about 45min of decanting. Read More

    Wine review by SidneyMay

  • This one is from a Costco run.  To me, the blend is hilarious:  40% ... ... Alentejano region of Portugal.All in all, I can't recommend that people rush out and buy this one.  It's OK, but not special.  There is a very serious hit of black cherry fruit on introduction.  Happily it does not come with the suggestion of sweetness, and, even more... Read More

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  • Rubrica Vinho Regional Alentejano 2012


    More blue than red in the glass. Somewhat musty nose. Big black fruit on entryalmost black cherry Kool-Aid level. However, that quickly passes. Lots of tart acid. Then there is an earthiness. All in all its an OK everyday drinker, but nothing particularly special. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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