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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I'm Portuguese and I work on hospitality. Passionate about the Algarve and is food. What atracts me on the wine world it's the variety and the different results using the same grape. First memory with wine, magnum bottles from red wine from Dão.

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Varietals Produced in Portugal View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Periquita

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

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

  • Casa Santos Lima

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

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

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

  • Caves Vidigal

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

  • Taylor Fladgate

    Taylor Fladgate is the only Port wine shipper to remain completely independent throughout its 3...

  • Quinta do Crasto

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Monte da Peceguina Tinto Red 2007


    A Gold Medal Wine Club International Series selection. A deeply concentrated ... from the Alentejo region of Portugal. In Alentejo some of the best wines are still pressed by foot, even at wineries such as Malhadinha Nova, that are equipped with the latest scientific winemaking equipment. Full bodied and marked with aromas of intense red frui... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club

  • Real Companhia Velha Royal Oporto Vintage Port Tinto 2000


    Thick and unctuous - there are layers of licorice, treacle and coffee. Well balanced by good acids, this is a good wine. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Real Companhia Velha Douro Evel Red 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by PatriciaRussell

  • Royal Oporto Tawny Porto NV


    Some heat on the nose, this port is thinner than I'd hoped for (but it is a Tawny). Nicely rich and sweet, there's a very pleasing finish. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Bacalhôa Moscatel de Setubal 2001


    Very rich, tracly thick, viscous wine. Golden hue with a potent madirized nose. Caramel finish Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Fonte da Serrana Alentejo 2004


    Intriguing soft and floral wine. Its very silky smooth and supple. There's a slightly perfumed nose, very unique for a red wine, the leads to a taste of flower nectar. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Quinta de Pancas Cabernet Sauvignon Vinho Regional Estremadura 2005


    A very tannic wine - full of black cherries, cedar, oak. Powerful and a good example of a Portugese Cabernet -very different from the sort of cabs I've tried from elsewhere. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Cardeal Dao Reserve 2002


    Lean and slightly tart start, which slowly evolves into stout tannins. It's a big, baked wine, with notes of prunes on a finish thats still closed. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Tinto da Anfora Herdade Das Anforas 2006


    Very rich and soft silky mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with a oak rich finish of chewy cedar notes. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Pedra Basta 2006


    A blend of Tridadeira, Aragones, Alicante Bouchet and Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe fruit with savoury touches to the aroma, excellent balanced palate a little sweetness to the fruit. Notes ended with a scrawled 'I like this a lot!'.http://www.spittoon.biz/great_iberian_wines_from_vinot.html Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

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