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

  • Quinta do Crasto

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

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

    Since 1999, Quinta de Ventozelo belongs to the Spanish group Proinsa. The property is located in ...

  • Caves Aliança

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

  • Porto Cruz

      Porto Cruz is one of the most recognized brands of Port, produced in the Douro Valley of P...

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

    Portugal's Douro Valley is one of the most spectacular wine growing regions in the world. Its bea...

  • Gazela

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Quinta de Pancas Cabernet Sauvignon Vinho Regional Estremadura 2005

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    A very tannic wine - full of black cherries, cedar, oak. Powerful and a good example of a Portugese Cabernet -very different from the sort of cabs I've tried from elsewhere. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Cardeal Dao Reserve 2002

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    Lean and slightly tart start, which slowly evolves into stout tannins. It's a big, baked wine, with notes of prunes on a finish thats still closed. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Tinto da Anfora Herdade Das Anforas 2006

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    Very rich and soft silky mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with a oak rich finish of chewy cedar notes. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Pedra Basta 2006

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    A blend of Tridadeira, Aragones, Alicante Bouchet and Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe fruit with savoury touches to the aroma, excellent balanced palate a little sweetness to the fruit. Notes ended with a scrawled 'I like this a lot!'.http://www.spittoon.biz/great_iberian_wines_from_vinot.html Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler


  • Azamor Red Blend Vinho Regional Alentejano 2005

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    A blend - which always seems to work better than single varietals from Portugal - of 40% Syrah, 40% Touriga Franca and 20% Merlot. Great fruity aroma, still fresh despite a few years of age. Lovely, soft, plummy palate with good structure and acidity. Some elegance.http://www.spittoon.biz/great_iberian_wines_from_vinot.html Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler


  • Sandeman Madeira NV

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    A decent entry-level Madeira with no age declaration. It has a lot of nut and dried red fruit aromas and flavors, but only a hint of the distinction of the noble Madeira wines.A great place to start learning about Madeira. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger


  • Herdade Dos Grous Red Blend Vinho Regional Alentejano 2006

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    I am admittedly unfamiliar with Portuguese wines, but found this blend to be tasty. Flavorful with strong hints of both raw grape and currant when first hitting the tongue, it very quickly introduces a moderate spice that lingers then fades through a long finish leaving only a mild sense of currant. The nose was not memorable. Read More

    Wine review by requenez


  • Warre Port Blend Porto Vintage 1985

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    Not as sweet as i'd have expected, the age was showing and it was hot on the nose. There was some nice chocolate, spice and almond notes. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Warre Port Blend Porto Vintage 1985

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    Not a particularly good bottle this was disjointed and hot. It had been decanted for about 6 hours but it looks like it may have needed more but really nothing could have really made it much better. it was volatile and a mess. 70pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rosemount Estate Benson Tawny Port Dessert Wines Ml NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by s4xton


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