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

  • Syrah

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

  • Roriz

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

  • Periquita

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Touriga Nacional

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

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

  • José Maria da Fonseca

    The largest expanses of Jose Maria da Fonseca vines are found in Setubal. each utilising appropri...

  • Companhia Agricola do Sanguinhal

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

  • Quinta da Alorna

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

  • Royal Oporto

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

  • Quinta do Vallado

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

  • Casa Santos Lima

    Casa Santos Lima is situated in Alenquer, approximately 45 kms north of Lisbon, in a very traditi...

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  • Gazela Vinho Verde NV


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    Wine review by samanthaivanna

  • Vinho Verde Fuzelo V.V 2006


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  • Gazela Vinho Verde 2008


    Light, crisp, fruity (citrus fruits). Simple and refreshing. Read More

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  • I left off in the last post  talking about the process of racking a wine in ... France and our corks from Portugal, thus the currency conversion rates last year increased our entire packaging costs for our 2006 wines.   [The conversion rates also impacted our French Oak barrel purchasing.  Barrels that were $500-$600 a piece in 2003 and 2004 a... Read More

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  • Meia Encosta Tinto 2006


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    Wine review by males

  • Fonseca Ruby NV


    Nice basic ruby port. Easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by emmfan

  • Favaito Moscatel Douro NV


    On the mouth It has a nice body, although alcohol is still over the top, showing it´s unbalanced. I believe It was a flaw of this bottle of wine particularly, because I´ve tasted better samples of it, where alcohol could be felt, like in porto (it´s from the same region), but very pleasantly. On the nose alcohol could be sensed the same way, als... Read More

    Wine review by Hugo Sauaia

  • Churchhill Vintage Port 2000


    Blend, sweet with lots of caramel, nuts, chocolate, fruit, and vanilla Read More

    Wine review by Jermzzy

  • Cortes de Cima Red Blend Vinho Regional Alentejano Chaminé 2005


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    Wine review by tenzinaire

  • Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Quinta de Vargellas 1987


    Outstanding. I bought two bottles a couple of years ago. Enjoyed one with friends who came to us for dinner. It was so good I decided to save the other for a really special occasion Read More

    Wine review by scoobyacz

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