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

  • Casa de Vila Verde

    Located in the demarcated region of Vinhos Verdes, in the heart of the Sousa River valley, Casa d...

  • Ferreira

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

  • Adega Cooperativa de Borba

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

  • Caves Aliança

    A Aliança foi fundada em 1927, há mais de 80 anos, por 11 associados liderados por Domingos Silva...

  • Quinta do Crasto

    Quinta do Crasto is located on the right bank of the river Douro, halfway between Régua and Pinhã...

  • Quinta da Alorna

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Famega Vinho White

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    This is such an exciting wine. I love the effervescent quality it has, and it's so crisp. A white wine lover, I normally stick to Viogner or Sauvignon Blancs, but I was so glad I ventured out and tried this at dinner last night. Read More

    Wine review by alymedina


  • Warre Porto Ruby NV

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    This is my absolute favorite Port. I have tried several different wineries and vintages, but I love this one. The wine is well developed for a dessert wine, but it is not so sweet as to be tart. The wine has a bite to it, but the bite is gone immediately, as compared to a merlot. The deep color adds to the lure of this wine and is gorgeous i... Read More

    Wine review by coryhwhite357


  • Vega Tinto 2005

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    (Predominantly Touriga Franca, I believe?) Slight purple tinge, concentrated plum with leather accents on the nose. Plum and leather are still there on the palate, accompanied by some dark cherry fruit and minerality. Acidity is on the higher side. A bit extracted, a bit simple, but still solid. Read More

    Wine review by TRMcClintock


  • Adega de Pegoes Branco 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by JOst


  • Monte da Peceguina Tinto Red 2007

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    A Gold Medal Wine Club International Series selection. A deeply concentrated ... from the Alentejo region of Portugal. In Alentejo some of the best wines are still pressed by foot, even at wineries such as Malhadinha Nova, that are equipped with the latest scientific winemaking equipment. Full bodied and marked with aromas of intense red frui... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club


  • Real Companhia Velha Royal Oporto Vintage Port Tinto 2000

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    Thick and unctuous - there are layers of licorice, treacle and coffee. Well balanced by good acids, this is a good wine. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Real Companhia Velha Douro Evel Red 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by PatriciaRussell


  • Royal Oporto Tawny Porto NV

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    Some heat on the nose, this port is thinner than I'd hoped for (but it is a Tawny). Nicely rich and sweet, there's a very pleasing finish. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Bacalhôa Moscatel de Setubal 2001

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    Very rich, tracly thick, viscous wine. Golden hue with a potent madirized nose. Caramel finish Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Fonte da Serrana Alentejo 2004

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    Intriguing soft and floral wine. Its very silky smooth and supple. There's a slightly perfumed nose, very unique for a red wine, the leads to a taste of flower nectar. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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