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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Companhia Agricola do Sanguinhal

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

  • W. & J. Graham & Co.

    Graham’s Port was founded in 1820 by Scottish brothers William and John Graham in Oporto, Port...

  • Caves São João

    Allying family tradition and a history throughout generations to the most modern methods in produ...

  • Ferreira

    Ferreira is one of the top Port producers, based in the Douro region of Portugal. The Ferreira ...

  • Taylor Fladgate

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

  • José Maria da Fonseca

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Jm Fonseca Twin Vines Vinho Verde 2007


    If you like young white wines, this one is just fantastic. Wonderful fruitiness and acidity. A lower alcohol content and a slight effervescence makes this the perfect bottle to share with someone on a quiet afternoon. Read More

    Wine review by haliv

  • Messias Grande Escolha Colheita 2000


    This wine is NOT Pinot Noir (not even close), despite what it says above.DO Douro, Portugal25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Tinto Roriz, 25% Tinto Cao, 25% Tinto BarrocaThis 2000 has very prominent chocolate brown tints awash in an otherwise light ruby red. Moderately high clarity, this bottle does spit sediment.I decanted this for about 90 minutes. ... Read More

    Wine review by drudman

  • Dow Tawny Port 10 Years Old 2004


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    Wine review by mknyc

  • Graham's "Six Grapes" Oporto NV


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    Wine review by mknyc

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  • Quinta da Aveleda Red Blend Douro Charamba 2007


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  • Fonseca Ruby NV


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    Wine review by junglejim

  • Quinta de la Rosa Red Blend Douro 2005


    wild berry fruit was well balanced and structured, excellent wine for the price Read More

    Wine review by genothevino

  • Taylor's Port Taylor Vintage 1980


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    Wine review by Benski

  • Aveleda Fonte Vinho Verde Branco NV


    Has a nose similar to Moscato but with a more citrus taste than expected. Would be good with food, especially something creamy. Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5

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