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

  • 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

  • Casa de Vila Verde

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

  • Anselmo Mendes

    Anselmo Mendes was born in Monção and has followed the tradition of his family of dedicating thei...

  • Quinta do Crasto

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

  • José Maria da Fonseca

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

  • Casa Santos Lima

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

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Blandy's 5 Year Old Verdelho Madeira 2006

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    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

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    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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • D'Oliveiras Terrantez Madeira Reserva 1977

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    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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rare Wine Company New Orleans Special Reserve Madeira NV

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    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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Comet "Bottled 19860" Madeira

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    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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barbeito Sercial Madeira 1910

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    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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Justino Henriques Malmsey 1933

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    Tight and minty on the nose with the small of old parchment bound books. This really gains clarity as it turns bright and precise on the nose with a touch of blackberry jam that plays off darker coffee tones. Lean and bright in the mouth with a fresh fruit profile but lacking a bit of flesh ont he finish. Good length, decent length. 91pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Blandy's 10 Year Old Malmsey Madeira 2000

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    Starts off very high toned and fresh on the nose with scents of dried cactus, dried citrus peel, light molasses tones with a sulfury edge and grace notes of soapy florals. Lively and layered in the mouth with a bit sottobsco and spice box attack then pudding notes on the mid-palate but not much follow through though there are slight notes of cof... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 1895 d'Oliveiras Madeira Malvazia

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    Heavy and penetrating on the nose with a woodsy, rosemary aroma that enlivens the somewhat fudgy tones. Very complex with a touch of flacky, buttery pastry and some deep mushroom tones that are compelling. Full and sweet yet so lively with bright acids that keep the cocoa and dried porcini tones so fresh. This has superb length with great freshn... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • D'Oliveiras Madeira Malvazia 1907

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    Quite medicinal on the nose with shades of tea and a minor note of root beer adding some depth but the medicinal gains the upper hand leading towards shaving creme notes. Sweet and bright with a taut, lean feeling yet excellent length. This really shows its best on the finish with it's layered mint and green cardamom tones. 89pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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