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...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Agricola Quinta Da Lagoalva

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

  • Gazela

    GAZELA is a soft, light and refreshing Vinho Verde that goes well with life. GAZELA is an uncompr...

  • Quinta da Alorna

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

  • José Maria da Fonseca

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

  • Companhia Agricola do Sanguinhal

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

  • Adega de Pegões

    1. It all started when the big landlord and beer magnate, José Rovisco Pais, donated his Pegões p...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Casa de Santa Eufemia 40 Year Tawny Port NV

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    Wine review by Thoth


  • Sandeman Port 40 Year Tawny NV

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    An intense, deeply flavoured 40 year old Tawny, with a massive bouquet suggesting vanilla, oak and honey, and a mouthful of very complex flavours of dried fruits, spices, and nuts. As the wine unfolds smoothly and develops in the mouth, one discovers a superb balance of wood ageing and vibrancy. Sandeman 40 Years Old Tawny Porto earned top ratin... Read More

    Wine review by ArturSalazar


  • Marques de Montemor Vinho Regional Alentejano 2006

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    The big juicy fruit in this wine was great. Refreshing and jammy, but not too overwhelming. I'm seriously considering making this our "house" red considering the great value. Read More

    Wine review by bklynforager


  • Casa Santos Lima Quinta da Espiga Tinto 2007

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    Drank this wine last evening it was a great taste for the value Read More

    Wine review by scottbye


  • Cortes de Cima Red Blend Vinho Regional Alentejano Chaminé 2005

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    Wine review by Dave1979


  • Quinta Do Feital White Blend Vinho Verde Alvarinho/Trajadura Auratus 2007

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    Good smooth white, great for summer cook-outs. Refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by fuente


  • Sogrape Callabriga Alentejo Tinto 2006

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    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

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  • Callabriga Douro Red 2006

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    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

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    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


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