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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Adega Cooperativa de Borba

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

  • Quinta do Vallado

    Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the ...

  • Caves São João

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

  • Quinta da Alorna

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

  • Ferreira

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

  • Anselmo Mendes

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Porta de Santa Catarina Reserva 2004

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    Serious wine with a thick dark, closed nose. Wood and deep dark red fruits sit waiting to develop, while in the mouth the wine is full, with nice cherry notes, a great acidity and medium tannins. I really think this wine will be much nicer in a year or two. Worth checking out for sure! Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Porta de Santa Catarina Tinto 2006

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    Rich fat nose with lots of red fruit, red meat, cinnamon and touches of wood. Really a fun nose, full of layers. In the mouth the wine has a lightness that is refreshing, with good pure fruit, some touches of earth, and a bright but integrated acidity. Light, but full of body, bright but nice and calm, this is a great everyday wine value. Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Quinta Do Carmo Red Blend Vinho Regional Alentejano 2001

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    As a bartender I get to try many different types of wine and must say that Quinta Do Carmo Vinho Regional Alantejo is one of the best, smooth wines I have ever sipped. On a scale 1-10 I would rate it a 9.7 It is well worth the money. Read More

    Wine review by AugieGN


  • Quinta Do Carmo Red Blend Vinho Regional Alentejano 2001

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    As a bartender I get to try many different types of wine and must say that Quinta Do Carmo Vinho Regional Alantejo is one of the best, smooth wines I have ever sipped. On a scale 1-10 I would rate it a 9.7 It is well worth the money. Read More

    Wine review by AugieGN


  • Ea Vinho Regional Alentejano 2007

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    I like this wine a lot. I tried a bottle. I bought a case. good with food. drinks good by itself. The bitter berry taste is a little unusualif your used to cab or more common varietalsdefinitely not peppery or vegetal like a lot of "low ball" winesAs good as most wines costing upto $15 Read More

    Wine review by euro


  • Famega Vinho Verde 2011

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    Wine review by kfrantz


  • Gazela Vinho Verde NV

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  • Ramos-Pinto Douro Duas Quintas Reserva 1992

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    Wine review by carpe diem


  • Herdade Grande Red Blend Vinho Regional Alentejano 2002

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  • Quinta da Cortezia Touriga Nacional Vinho Regional Estremadura 2005

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