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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Ricardo Bernardo

I'm Portuguese and I work on hospitality. Passionate about the Algarve and is food. What atracts me on the wine world it's the variety and the different results using the same grape. First memory with wine, magnum bottles from red wine from Dão.

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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

  • Quinta da Alorna

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

  • Adega Cooperativa de Borba

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

  • Caves São João

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

  • Casa Santos Lima

    Casa Santos Lima is situated in Alenquer, approximately 45 kms north of Lisbon, in a very traditi...

  • Companhia Agricola do Sanguinhal

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

  • Taylor Fladgate

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Quinta Do Serrado Bual Madeira 1976

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    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

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    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

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    (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

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    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

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    Wine review by tsanchezt


  • Vega Tinto 2005

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    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

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    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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