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

  • Gould Campbell Port Blend Porto Vintage 1977

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    Wine review by judgelog


  • José Maria da Fonseca Periquita Vinho Regional Península de Setúbal/Terras Do Sado 2005

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    Wine review by ronder


  • Sandeman Port Blend Porto 20 Year Old Tawny NV

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    Wine review by elliottback


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir GTi


  • 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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    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

    Forum post in the topic 2008 what areas to buy to lay...


  • 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


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