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

  • Caves Vidigal

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

  • Agricola Quinta Da Lagoalva

    Quinta da Lagoalva de Cima is located 2km from Alpiarça and stretches along the south bank of the...

  • Quinta do Crasto

    Quinta do Crasto is located on the right bank of the river Douro, halfway between Régua and Pinhã...

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

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

  • 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...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Krohn Port Blend Porto Vintage 1991

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    Real nice Port - nice nutty finish....would buy again. Read More

    Wine review by gtcoop


  • Warre's Warrior Specail Reserve Ports NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by GregBurnison


  • Monte Dos Cabacos Tinto Alentejano 2002

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    This is one smooth wine. 2002 must have been a good year in Portugal, because this wine still tasted fresh and undoubetly still has some cellar life. A nice fruit nose and palate with just a touch of Portugal terroir balances this wine perfectly. I paid $17.99 at Whole Foods in Seattle and went back and bought a case to get the 10% discount. Read More

    Wine review by Wine Baron


  • Barbeito Terrantez Madeira 1950

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    A lovely and very fruit driven nose with peaches and caramel as well as a tropical passionfruit tone. Great richness up front followed by a gentle resolved character that reveals a more candied walnut quality with some whisky barrel and charred meat tones. Solid complexity and depth but a bit lighter toned than I had hoped. 91pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Reserve Terrantez

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    A nose that is full of boullion and tobacco with spicy cardomon, smoky chipotle and earthy porcini notes. Very evolved in the mouth with crazy acidity. Really very earthy and almost charcoally in the mouth with a touch of salinity on the finish. Better on the nose. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quinta de Serrado Malmsey Madeira

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    At first caramelly and sweet pumpkin candy tones this takes on vivid violet pastille notes with a waxy cocoa bean and smoky tone. Incredibly rich and expansive in the mouth with a cocoa tinged entry that is followed by jellied lime fruits and segues back into the slightly roasted notes of pumpkin candy on the finish which is round and fully and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rare Rich Malmsey

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    Spicy on the nose with notes of red fruits and cinnamon that recall cough syrup. Menthol pops out and is joined by faded notes of tobacco and cured meats. Sweet and round in the mouth with menthol and red fruits up front then followed by a rich, compact mid-palate full of coffee and licorice. The finish is abrupt but everything else is well bala... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quinta Do Serrado Boal Madeira 1827

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    This posess this most compelling nose full of walnuts and dried flowers and herbs with layered complexity that reveals nuances of espresso foam, earth, meat and spicy creamy tones that recalls exotic taffy. Lush and vibrant in the mouth with coffee and lime tones all under cut by a real saltiness. Layered and rich with profound citrus tones thou... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cossart Gordon Bual Vintage Madeira 2006

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    A rather unusuaul nose with a profound quinine element to the floral and herbal tones. With air panchetta and chestnut tones emerge with a slight musty edge. Moderately sweet in the mouth with cocoa and roasted chestnut flavors on the mid-palate that yield to a sugary, green walnut tone on the narrow, short finish. Very front loaded 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Manuel de Sousa Herdeiros Madeira Boal

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    Old leather and wood greet the nose and are joined by lovely notes of molasses, gingerbread, oreo cookie, licorice, and spicebox. In the mouth there is a lovely richness here playing off banana fosters and burnt marshmallow flavors. The texture is downright voluptuous with a lingering vanilla tone on the sticky finish with a haunting tone of che... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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