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

  • 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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Quinta da Alorna

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

  • Taylor Fladgate

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

  • Adega Cooperativa de Borba

    Founded in 1955, the Adega Coop. de Borba, was the first of a series of Cooperatives settled in t...

  • Caves Vidigal

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

  • W. & J. Graham & Co.

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

  • Caves São João

    Allying family tradition and a history throughout generations to the most modern methods in produ...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Sogrape Callabriga Alentejo Tinto 2006


    Callabriga Alentejo 2006 is a red-violet coloured wine. Very intense aroma, dominated by black plum, vanilla and cinnamon. Full bodied, Callabriga Alentejo 2006 has lively, firm tannins, and a robust finish. This wine was awarded a Great Gold Medal at the Berliner Wein Trophy in Germany this year. Read More

    Wine review by ArturSalazar

  • Álvaro Castro Dão Vinho Tinto 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by sfquixote

  • Callabriga Douro Red 2006


    Callabriga 2006 is a lively red coloured wine, with purple shades, showing complex aromas dominated by notes of cinnamon, cocoa and noble wood. Dense, balanced, with smooth and firm tannins, its finish is dominated by fresh fruits. This wine was awarded a Gold Medal at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in Belgium this year. Read More

    Wine review by ArturSalazar

  • Mateus Rosé NV


    On the whole, it is a fresh and seductive wine with fine and intense bouquet and all the joviality of young wines. In the mouth, it is a well balanced and tempting wine, brilliantly complemented by a soft and slightly fizzy finish. It is ideal as an aperitif and also goes very well with light meals, several types of fish and seafood, white meat,... Read More

    Wine review by ArturSalazar

  • Famega Vinho Verde 2011


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    Wine review by siren

  • Broadbent Vinho Verde NV


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    Wine review by siren

  • Quinta Do Serrado Bual Madeira 1976


    A very nice finish. Just celebrated our 33 wedding anniversary with a glass. (1976 was a good year to be married.) Read More

    Wine review by georgeAndcharlene

  • Cortes de Cima Red Blend Vinho Regional Alentejano Chaminé 2004


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    Wine review by miklasz

  • Caves Aliança Foral Red NV


    Very Much enjoyed this dry full bodied wine. Pouring a glass one notices the clear inviting richness swirl around the glass. A dry tasting wine to the mouth but offers an after taste that leaves you wanting more. 4 star Read More

    Wine review by Swanman

  • 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

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