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

  • W. & J. Graham & Co.

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

  • Caves Aliança

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

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

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

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

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

  • 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...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Blandy's 5 Year Old Verdelho Madeira 2006


    Salty and seaweedy on the nose then nutty with notes of hazelnut and almond joined by a bit of animal glue. This evolves well revealing smoky, tarry,m anise tones with a touch of spearmint lingering above it all. Round and lush in the mouth with lovely integration. The mid-palate is juicy with lots of dark spice notes up front then preserved/dri... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Justino Henriques Madeira Sercial 1940


    Funky old barrel notes on the nose then turning very medicinal. Very caramelly and walnutty in the mouth with a spicy consomme tone. Sweet yet flat with prune, licorice, and dark pudding tones on both the palate and the nose. Not clumsy but so inelegant. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cossart Gordon & Co. Sercial Madeira 1988


    A very fine nose with chocolate, orange, quince and almond all woven together with nuanced notes of agave, sea air and some camphor. Lovely richness, round and sweet for sercial with some cocoa and light caramel tones that frame the lemon/lime core of fruit that is just a touch peachy. A long, caramel tinged finish. 93pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Pereira d'Oliveira Madeira Verdelho Reserva 1905


    A huge VA tone then penetrating but smelling treacly sweet. There are background notes of dried, faded baking spices like old graham crackers and even a touch of white pepper. Big anf round on entry with great depth and richness to the bittersweet fruit full of fig and dates. Excellent complexity on the backend with it's panoply of spice tones. ... Read More

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  • Blandy's 5 Year Old Verdelho Madeira 2006


    Fruity and floral on the nose with a minor hop tone. Notes of green hazelnuts and evasive suggestions of red fruit add detail and deoth though this turns decidedly more autumnal with a bit of decaying logs, earth, and a suggestion of tootsie roll. A touch sweet and climsy in the mouth with a solid, dark fruit character tinged with cocoa. Solid l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Barbeito Verdelho Madeira 1898


    Lovely dried fruits on the nose with nuanced tones of maduro cigar and chocolate chip cookie. This smells friendly and round like a warm cup of Cafe au lait. In the mouth this is dark and date filled with a touch of austere tannins that counter the wine's touch of sweetness. The backend shows some quince and a lively touch of bitterness. 89pts Read More

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  • D'Oliveiras Terrantez Madeira Reserva 1977


    Sweet and treacly on the nose with candied citron peel, caramel,white and milk chocolate tones. Chocolate and burnt in the mouth with a lean charater that is surprising. The finish is short and has a bitterness that detracts from the whole. 85pts Read More

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  • Rare Wine Company New Orleans Special Reserve Madeira NV


    A very fresh nose that is almost grapy, rasiny with a muscat edge and a fruit taffy top note. Very fine in the mouth with loads of burnt sugar up front then a lively and balanced mid-palate with great richness and sneaky length. 90pts Read More

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  • Comet "Bottled 19860" Madeira


    Very restrained with toffee and molasses scents dominating at first then giving way to nuanced tones of lemon oil and marshmellow with the character of fine aged cognac without the alcohol. A bit flat in the mouth, in fact fat up front then sort of dries out and fades away. Promises much more than it delivers. 84pts Read More

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  • Barbeito Sercial Madeira 1910


    Citrussy and floral on the nose with a very sharp and assertive character that is penetrating and sweet with a coarse maple syrup note. Fine in the mouth with wonderful balance and integration that is both savory and fruity with layered vanilla and quince notes on the palate. This is a touch toasty with a pleasant astringent note on the finish 9... Read More

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