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

  • Periquita

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Quinta da Alorna

    Quinta da Alorna is one of Ribatejos top producers of wine. The property is located in the outski...

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

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

  • Quinta do Vallado

    Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the ...

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

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

  • Quarles Harris

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Fonseca Bin 27 Porto 2013

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    sweet intense wine great after dinner with dessert or as dessert Read More

    Wine review by Qubican


  • Noval Tinto Douro Red Portugal Douro 2003

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    Coming from a legendary port house, and using the same variatals, this red table wine should not be overshadowed by its fortified older sibling. Noval ports are known for their power and density, and this red table wine effort shows off its ripe fruit with finesse. Juicey fruit flavors mingle with herbacious spiciness that is soaked into the dee... Read More

    Wine review by warnersj


  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2000

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    Deep and very rich with raisin and black currant notes. Dessert wine sweetness is offset by medium tannins. Not as good as a nice, aged vintage port but still quite a bit of fun and without the 20 year wait. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony


  • Warre Porto Otima 10 Year Old Tawny NV

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    This was amazing! almonds, walnuts, and other nuts are easily in the nose and mouth but not overwhelming. It exudes that port like sweetness that i love and definitely has dried fruits in there. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Quinta de Roriz Red Blend Douro Reserva 2002

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    No written review

    Wine review by jazzmanATB


  • Broadbent Vinho Verde NV

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    Nice, refreshing. It's ok and good price. Read More

    Wine review by lorai26


  • Casal Garcia NV

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    fresh, crisp and a little bubbly but nothing that peeks my interest Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • J Portugal Ramos Vinho Regional Alentejano Loios 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by oceank8


  • Campolargo Red Blend Bairrada Os Corvos da Vinha da Costa 2004

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    We found this wine to be very smooth & robust. A unique blend that we couldn't forget. Purchased at the PA Liquor Store, we proceeded to order the remaining bottles to our local store so we could have them all!Down to 2 bottles left & searching for more! Read More

    Wine review by k000318s


  • Lancers Rosé By Jm da Fonseca 2006

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    This wine bring me back a good memory with my old friend, who taught me wine tasting, Sunday champagne branch with real pancake. When we drove down to Sacramento, he got extremely excited with this wine (I guess this wine brought him back some good memory, too.) at casual dine place. Sweet sparkling of old time..... Read More

    Wine review by joystar


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