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

  • Gazela Vinho Verde 2007


    (2008) This is a fantastic and fun Summer Wine, petulant, fruity, unpretentious. At $6.50, there is no reason not to try it. One of the most beautiful wine labels I have seen. Read More

    Wine review by Athon

  • Poças Douro Coroa d'Ouro 2004


    Full-bodied with an incredibly mellow finish. Leaves the mouth full with subtle hints of delicious fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Vengeur

  • Gloria Reynolds Alentejo Paulo Laureano 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by tsanchezt

  • Vega Tinto 2005


    A wonderfully cheap and cheerful wine, easy to drink and with plenty of fruit. Not always easy to find but some uk supermarkets do stock it. Incredible value. Read More

    Wine review by JackLinden

  • Twany Port 20 Year


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    Wine review by odonnje

  • Quinta de Macedos Douro Lagar de Macedos 2003


    What a block buster this wine is. Wonderful deep colour- almost black!-with a raptuous nose of wonderful ripeness and concentration. Packed with structure and flavour it is a very serious wine. Tannins lurk under the silky ripeness and they emerge to complete the bold full bodied sensation. Produced during the hottest Douro vintage in a generat... Read More

    Wine review by sportingone

  • Quinta de Macedos Douro Lagar de Macedos 2000


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  • Quinta de Macedos Douro Pinga Do Torto 2004


    Full and bold. A throw- back to a tradition when wines were packed with mystery and unravelled their hidden layers only when decanted into the glass. Tons of ripeness and purity of fruit, with fine tannins and a lasting freshness. Wonderful find!Well done to this winery! Read More

    Wine review by sportingone

  • Quinta da Aveleda-Vinho Verde Fonte White Blend Portugal Minho 2009


    Inexpensive but very good. Excellent summer time wine! Read More

    Wine review by omgirl

  • Amarguinha Almond Liqueur


    My husband absolutely loved it when he had it in Botswana for the firtst time! So, on his behalf I vote the above! Read More

    Wine review by britswana

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