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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Periquita

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

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

  • Companhia Agricola do Sanguinhal

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

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

    Barros Porto is recognized and appreciated all over the world. A great deal of its high awareness...

  • Caves São João

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

  • Royal Oporto

    Grape growing in the Douro Region dates back to pre-historic times. In Bronze Age burying-grou...

  • Anselmo Mendes

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

  • Quinta do Crasto

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Osborne Portugal Porto 1994

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  • Dão Sul Table Wine 2004

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  • Quinta da Aveleda Red Blend Douro Charamba 2007

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  • Monsaraz Branco NV

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  • Carm Douro 2004

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    Deep, sharp yet light. Enjoyable wine from start to finish. Nice with lightly spicy food. Read More

    Wine review by ericforte


  • Quinta Do Carmo Vinho Regional Alentejano Don Martinho 2002

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    This is nice, light, everyday wine. Red blend, bordeaux-style (albeit very young bordeaux). Floral notes, light on the nose and palate, but it does open up very nicely after a bit and smoothes itself out into a clean body, a light finish, with little acidity. Good price, goes well with more simple everyday foods. Great substitute if you don't fe... Read More

    Wine review by joss


  • Cartuxa Branco 2005

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  • Taylor Fladgate Port 10 Year Tawny Porto NV

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    A delicious tawny port best served as a dessert wine. Smooth and fruity with some wood notes (from aging in the oak casks). Great after dinner wine...also marries itself wonderfully with a nice cigar (especially a maduro). Highly recommended. Read More

    Wine review by Spohn26


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