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

  • 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...

  • Caves Vidigal

    Vidigal Wines is a dynamic family-owned winery specializing in competitive Reserves from several ...

  • 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...

  • Caves São João

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

  • 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

  • Quinta Do Feital White Blend Vinho Verde Alvarinho/Trajadura Auratus 2010

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    I think of this wine a one that fits into my "red wine drinkers white" category. It's color is very close to that of a chardonnay but it's character is nothing like that. I prefer Sauvignon Blanc for my whites, but the Spanish and Portuguese whites are bold and stand up well to foods.We're drinking the 2005. Read More

    Wine review by garrison


  • Dow Vintage Port 1983

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    Some good fruit sweet with hints of leather. Elegant but we thought that it aged too fast due to the storage conditions. Read More

    Wine review by MReff


  • Jm Fonseca Twin Vines Vinho Verde 2007

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    This is the first white wine I've ever had from Portugal, and I was impressed by the quality to price ratio this wine presents. Crisp acidity and hints of citrus fruit. I am not sure what the blend of grapes in this wine is, but when I tasted this I thought it was very reminiscent of a pinot grigio. I enjoyed this one. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony


  • Quinta Do Vale Meão Red Blend Douro Meandro 2006

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    Wine review by nhersh


  • Cockburn Porto Special Reserve 2013

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    Wine review by Fullchaos


  • Cockburn Tawny Fine Port NV

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    Wine review by Fullchaos


  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2000

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    Deep purple color that was non-translucent. Strong berry nose and a jammy taste with hints of currant and berry. Medium tannins with a sweetness that lingers. Flavors fills your mouth and stays. Medium to heavy bodied port that was almost chewy in texture. Very good for the price and vintage! Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • 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


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