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

  • Quarles Harris

    Symington Family Estates are the leading producers of premium quality Ports. The combined sales o...

  • 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...

  • Sogrape - Mateus

    With its current strategic vision SOGRAPE is overseeing a “homecoming”, a return to the character...

  • Taylor Fladgate

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

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

    Since 1999, Quinta de Ventozelo belongs to the Spanish group Proinsa. The property is located in ...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Cockburn Porto Late Bottled Vintage Anno 2003

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    Hot and rich, nice and sweet. Very nice. Read More

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  • Warres Otima 10year Tawny Warres Otima 10yo Tawny Port NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by genevievegrant


  • Graham's "Six Grapes" Oporto NV

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    very fruity...a little too fruity for my taste. Read More

    Wine review by genevievegrant


  • Quinta Do Crasto Touriga Nacional Douro 2005

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    O vinho Quinta do Crasto Reserva Vinhas Velhas 2005 foi considerado,este ano, o terceiro melhor do mundo pela revista norte-americana WineSpectator, que, pela primeira vez, classificou um vinho português nos10 melhores do seu ranking anual.fonte: http://top100.winespectator.com/wine-3-08.html Read More

    Wine review by Miguel Ferreira


  • Quinta da Cortezia Touriga Nacional Vinho Regional Estremadura 2005

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    A prestigiada Wine Enthusiast revista americana na edição de Novembro de 2008 pontuou o Vinho Regional Estremadura Quinta da Cortezia - Touriga-Nacional 2005 com a nota de 90, na categoria Editors Choice, fasquia de elevado mérito para qualquer vinho. Read More

    Wine review by Miguel Ferreira


  • Vinha Conchas 2005

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    Wine Enthusiast atribuiu 86 pontos, a outro vinho regional Estremadura, do mesmo produtor, Quinta da Cortezia Vinhos, SA, o Vinha Conchas, Tinto, da colheita de 2005, na categoria de Best Buy. Read More

    Wine review by Miguel Ferreira


  • Dow Port 1977

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    Wine review by domesticana


  • Quinta Do Crasto Touriga Nacional Douro 2005

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    Wine review by Miguel Ferreira


  • Dow Port 1977

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    Wine review by scdude


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