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

  • 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...

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Ferreira

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

  • Quinta da Alorna

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

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

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

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • And so it goes, from the workhorse grape of Italy we know turn our attention to ... to ... Oregon, New Zealand, Portugal, California, Italy, Israel, you name it come great and unique renditions of this most persnickety variety. Post your impressions and lets all keep an open mind. Pinot lovers seem to be some of the most passionate wine lovers... Read More

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  • Symington Family Estates Altano Douro DOC Tinto 2006

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    Wine review by jkwening


  • Vidigal Vihno Tinto 2005

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    Quite a nice wine for the money. Portuguese wines are beginning to become noticed and this is a really standout wine I would recommend to anyone. A smooth medium bodied wine that is nearing a full bodied wine. I feel it outclasses other more expensive wines from the region. Nice fruit forward with a balanced finish. Read More

    Wine review by VeggieFella


  • Grahams 6 Grapes NV

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    Thinking about adding a bottle of port to your shelf? This is it, at an affordable range. I worked in a bar and talked them into buying several bottles of port. This one came home with me on several occasions. Also makes a mean sauce. Read More

    Wine review by zuckerman


  • Quinta Do Infantado Ruby Port NV

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    good Read More

    Wine review by drinkitdown


  • Now that we are in full recession mode, I ask what wine would you buy to ... ... Spain did well as well as Portugal and some pockets of France. too bad my go to area Bordeaux did not do so well this past year, although I hope that some deals might poke their head through if the negoicents have a clue that is Read More

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  • Cardeal Dao Reserve 2002

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    Really great aged fruity nose. Dry acidic flavor with powdery tannins. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • João Portugal Ramos Red Blend Alentejo Vila Santa 2006

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    Wine review by oceank8


  • Croft Pink Port NV

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    Wine review by Jenfoye


  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port 2001

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