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

  • 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...

  • Periquita

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Adega de Pegões

    1. It all started when the big landlord and beer magnate, José Rovisco Pais, donated his Pegões p...

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

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

  • Royal Oporto

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

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Touquinheiras Reserva Vinho Verde Quinta Das Touquinheiras 2007

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    Hi! I enjoyed this wine with a chicken Caesar salad last night. My friend from Argentina brought it over. It was smooth and very "drinkable". The entire bottle was gone before we realized it. I would love to have more!! Read More

    Wine review by pinkpat


  • Herdade Do Esporão Reguengos Esporão Reserva 2004

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    Very expressive on the nose Deep color,very nice structure. Drank well the first night, and so improved with a time to air.Excelent 2001"touriga Nacional" Read More

    Wine review by MarcosH


  • Niepoort Port Blend Porto Tawny NV

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    Wine review by XZYMURGIST


  • Lavradores de Feitoria Red Blend Douro Meruge 2005

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    Wine review by lazysunbathers


  • Lavradores de Feitoria Red Blend Douro Meruge 2005

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    Wine review by lazysunbathers


  • Ramos-Pinto 30 Year Old Tawny Port NV

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    Wine review by citynomad


  • Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde Branco NV

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    This wine was a bit too sweet for my taste, but I like that it is light and easy to drink. I would have this for my friends that are 'not really into wine'. :) Someone who prefers a more flavorful and/or dry wine may not care much for this one, but I think the Fonte does create an even playing field for all and would be nice to have as your wh... Read More

    Wine review by honeydew


  • Taylor Fladgate 10-year Tawny Port NV

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    This port is fantastic, and absolutely lives up to expectations of the Taylor-Fladgate brand.Not oxidized to the point where many other ports are, the ten-year tawny displays notable red fruit as well as the toffee and caramel notes that are to be expected. Candied and dehydrated raspberry are the main points of interest in the nose, and the fir... Read More

    Wine review by Pymonte


  • Porta de Santa Catarina Reserva 2004

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    Serious wine with a thick dark, closed nose. Wood and deep dark red fruits sit waiting to develop, while in the mouth the wine is full, with nice cherry notes, a great acidity and medium tannins. I really think this wine will be much nicer in a year or two. Worth checking out for sure! Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Porta de Santa Catarina Tinto 2006

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    Rich fat nose with lots of red fruit, red meat, cinnamon and touches of wood. Really a fun nose, full of layers. In the mouth the wine has a lightness that is refreshing, with good pure fruit, some touches of earth, and a bright but integrated acidity. Light, but full of body, bright but nice and calm, this is a great everyday wine value. Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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