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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Periquita

  • 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

  • Ferreira

    Ferreira is one of the top Port producers, based in the Douro region of Portugal. The Ferreira ...

  • José Maria da Fonseca

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

  • Quinta do Crasto

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

  • Sogrape - Mateus

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

  • Royal Oporto

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

  • 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

  • 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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • 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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Justino Henriques Malmsey 1933


    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


    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


    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


    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

  • Madeira Wine Association Boal


    Very restrained on the nose but layered with lovely dried herbal and floral notes. lemon blossoms, berry fruit, spearmint, bay, green walnut, superb complexity. In the mouth this is thick yet lively with a deep base of bitter roots, sassafrass, and spice, with fine length that really lingers turning green herbal and almost minty on the finale. W... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Welsh Brothers Boal


    Quite evolved and heavy on the nose with a very high toned aqnd acid driven fig fruit. Sweet and syrupy in the mouth with a disjointed feel. This is bright and hot with a cinnamon note that recalls candy red hots. Monotone and ponderous in the mouth. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Barbeito Boal Madeira 2010


    Butter notes greet the nose, as if hazelnuts were being sauteed with a light demrarra sugar backdrop and top notes of mint, sage, lemon verbena and Salted lemons. Really compelling deep with great freshness. Profound on the nose . In the mouth this is deep and rich with a very aggressive character that combines lovely fruit with a fine bitter ed... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Christophers Boal


    Very animale on the nose with a real pigskin/veal component then sweet pipe tobacco and dried apples all edged in soy and bitter cocoa. Nicely sweet in the mouth with significant bittersweet cocoa up front then a bit languid on the mid-palate before coming to an abrupt finish. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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