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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Quinta do Crasto

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

  • Adega de Pegões

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

  • José Maria da Fonseca

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

  • Porto Cruz

      Porto Cruz is one of the most recognized brands of Port, produced in the Douro Valley of P...

  • Quinta do Vallado

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

  • Caves Aliança

    A Aliança foi fundada em 1927, há mais de 80 anos, por 11 associados liderados por Domingos Silva...

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Portugal on Snooth

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  • Cardeal Dao Reserve 2002


    Really great aged fruity nose. Dry acidic flavor with powdery tannins. Read More

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  • João Portugal Ramos Red Blend Alentejo Vila Santa 2006


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  • Croft Pink Port NV


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  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2001


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  • Quinta de Cabriz Red Blend Dão Colheita Seleccionada 2006


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  • Caves Vidigal Dom Dinis Tinto 2005


    What a great cheesewine! This was great impulse buy! Read More

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  • Croft Pink Port NV


    Stonkingly gorgeous chery colour. Raspberry fruit aromas and an attractive softness to the palate with notes of dried red fruits. A subtle hint of tannin and a surge of alcohol and weight reminds you that this is a port and not a simple pink wine. Not hugley complex but with a certain liveliness. Drink chilled.http://www.spittoon.biz/croft_pink_... Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Tagus Creek Grande Vinho Vinho Regional Ribatejano 2006


    On sale at the Waitrose near my home. I don't like saying I'm "neutral," so ... ... me want to taste more of Portugal's Vinhos Regionais, and showed me the Ribatejo had the potential to be more like its southerly, Alentejo brother. Not much depth or complexity, but still a pleasing, pleasant table wine. The wine was paired well with the eart... Read More

    Wine review by enotheque

  • Churchill Porto Vintage 1994


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