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

  • Anselmo Mendes

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

  • Gazela

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

  • Caves Vidigal

    Vidigal Wines is a dynamic family-owned winery specializing in competitive Reserves from several ...

  • Caves São João

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

  • Quinta do Vallado

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

  • Sogrape - Mateus

    With its current strategic vision SOGRAPE is overseeing a “homecoming”, a return to the character...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Symington Family Estates Altano Douro DOC Tinto 2006

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    It's meh... I was looking for a big fruit, not too sweet. Basically it is a random tasting wine. Indistinguishable from many others. Not too dry, not unpleasant, just average. Read More

    Wine review by SpinDiva


  • Quinta Do Crasto Touriga Nacional Douro 2005

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    Wine Spectator #3 in 2008 Read More

    Wine review by CarlosTownsend


  • Blandy's "5 Year Old" Verdelho Madeira NV

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    I am not much of a wine drinker but I do know what I like. I had this wine at a dinner over 5 years ago and this wine has been on my mind since then. A smooth taste that is quenching enough for someone who doesn't like wine much. Read More

    Wine review by crazyda79


  • Broadbent Vinho Verde NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Moglandor


  • Offley Cachucha Porto NV

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    I Rate this Port a 5, I went to Porto and had the privelage of trying this white Port and imidiately bought 2 bottles. I have not found anywhere that sells it, I think you can only buy it at the Offley Cellar, If anyone knows where i can buy it please let me know.Regards Read More

    Wine review by ewenis


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  • Graham Tawny Fine Port NV

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    One of the few ports I've had that I really enjoyed. I find that many ports have a raisiny smell and taste. This does not. It was also smooth for the high alcohol content. Read More

    Wine review by Heathen83


  • 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


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