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

  • 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...

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Periquita

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

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

  • José Maria da Fonseca

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

  • Royal Oporto

    Grape growing in the Douro Region dates back to pre-historic times. In Bronze Age burying-grou...

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

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

  • Companhia Agricola do Sanguinhal

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

  • Caves São João

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

  • Casa de Vila Verde

    Located in the demarcated region of Vinhos Verdes, in the heart of the Sousa River valley, Casa d...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Niepoort Vertente Tinto Douro 2004

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    Wine review by seadevi


  • Broadbent Vinho Verde NV

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    Light floral nose, slight amount of residual sugar. Still slightly tart, even with that - very high acidity. Its a decidedly simple wine, rather plain and lightly fizzy Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Niepoort Vertente Tinto Douro 2004

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    Wine review by weavin42


  • Casa de Paços Touriga Nacional Rosé 2007

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    Bright red color with medium intensity, the nose on this wine is fresh and lively. Cherry twizzler, with a touch of mint(?) and rose hop like floralness. The typical violets are muted, though they are there with a nice touch of minerality. In the mouth this wine has a nice strong acidity with a flavor profile that is somewhat mature while still ... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Casa Do Capitão-Mor 2007

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    If a wine could actually be white, or transparent, this is it, making it strangely attractive solely for its clarity. The bouquet is really creamy and lemony with almost a raw almost almond and mineral touch near the end. Nice gentle acidity that coats my entire palate, leaving a slightly dense creamy apple finish from its time in barrel. I'd be... Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz


  • Casa Do Capitão-Mor 2007

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    Almost clear wine with a nose that at first is almost transparent, though with time begins to show some flesh fruit and "albarino" like fruit. In the mouth the acidity is fresh and alive with apple hints and peach notes. The acidity is wonderful, and rounds out with some hints of lemon. Really want to say more about this wine, but I have a stran... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Casa de Paços Touriga Nacional Rosé 2007

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    Light white gold in color with a beautiful, gorgeous, and sensuous white flower, passion fruit and bbq smoke on the nose that draws you in from a mile away. Incredibly fresh with a touch of creamy herbal notes as well. Vibrant in the mouth with a juicy medium body mouthfeel and an addictive honey, minerals and more passionfruit on the finish. Ad... Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz


  • Casa de Paços Touriga Nacional Rosé 2007

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    Very light in color with just the slightest fizz. Almost smokey on the nose, it's like the night after the fire mixed with minerals and faint citrus. Light touches of grass and goosberry sit in the background. Great acidity in the mouth of this fleshy wine that seems to make me salivate. Juicy and full of sweet tart flavors, lemony citrus, and ... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Preta 2005

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    Well this wine called Preta(black in Portuguese) lives up to its name in the glass, very dark and inky. While the nose is bold and powerful reminding me of some of the more modern wines in Rioja. Powerful notes of currents, violets, cardamom, soy and minerals. Just opened I think this wine will show more on the nose in an hour. Soft and juicy in... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Cardeal Dao 2005

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    mmmmm......terrible. don't buy from Fresh Direct. Even for $6 Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


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