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

  • 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...

  • Touriga Nacional

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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...

  • Taylor Fladgate

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

  • Ferreira

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

  • Quinta da Alorna

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

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

    Barros Porto is recognized and appreciated all over the world. A great deal of its high awareness...

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Niepoort Port Blend Porto Ruby NV

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    Another tasting from Lunch. Very impressive for the pricing - $6 per glass. Interesting too, rather dry and not quite as sweet as other Ruby's; Has a bit of alcohol burn, but overall, very satisfying with notes of Raisin, Strawberry, and Bing Cherry with a balance of Earthiness and Herbs and long finish. Perfect for everyday/every evening NV Ru... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Follies Touriga Nacional Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Doda Alvaro de Castro E Dirk Van Der Niepoort 2007

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  • Montaria Reserva 2014

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    A Naked Wines selection - Deep opaque purple in the glass, with medium long ... - as with most wines from Portugal that I have had, an astounding value ($12 Angel pricing). Have another bottle of this to lay down for a while, though uncertain if this will improve that markedly with age - seems more like a 'now' wine to m Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • If you can include French, you can get your distributor's rep to bring some ... and sells for $12-14.  Portugal makes many good table wines (like Follies, which comes in a Cab Sauv/Touriga Nacional blend or a straight Touriga) that are good and pretty large production for well under $20.  Vinho Verde in the summer from Broadbent or a number of ... Read More

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  • Warre's Port Finest Reserve Warrior

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    A little on the sweet side, but very nice and suitably complex NV Ruby Port to serve as a daily drinker. Not as much raisin and currant as I would have liked, more deep fruit compote and spices, with a long and complex finish. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Spinning this discussion out from another thread.To start with, here is a ... ... they owned or controlled in Portugal (especially after the Napoleonic wars) up to London. Which is why it was always fun for me in the '80s and '90s to hunt for bottles of Port in places like Harrod's that I wouldn't find out on the open market.Claret is not a re... Read More

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  • A lot more 'hermitage' (syrah) from the Rhone was dumped into CS ... ... they owned or controlled in Portugal (especially after the Napoleonic wars) up to London. Which is why it was always fun for me in the '80s and '90s to hunt for bottles of Port in places like Harrod's that I wouldn't find out on the open market.Claret is not a registered ... Read More

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  • Casa Santos Lima Confidencial Reserva Red Lisboa 2010

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  • Henriques & Henriques Madeira Reserve 5 Year Old

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