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

  • Caves Vidigal

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

  • Agricola Quinta Da Lagoalva

    Quinta da Lagoalva de Cima is located 2km from Alpiarça and stretches along the south bank of the...

  • Quinta do Crasto

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

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

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

  • Quinta da Alorna

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

  • Royal Oporto

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Casa de Paços Touriga Nacional Rosé 2007

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    Very light in color with just the slightest fizz. Almost smokey on the nose, it's like the night after the fire mixed with minerals and faint citrus. Light touches of grass and goosberry sit in the background. Great acidity in the mouth of this fleshy wine that seems to make me salivate. Juicy and full of sweet tart flavors, lemony citrus, and ... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Preta 2005

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    Well this wine called Preta(black in Portuguese) lives up to its name in the glass, very dark and inky. While the nose is bold and powerful reminding me of some of the more modern wines in Rioja. Powerful notes of currents, violets, cardamom, soy and minerals. Just opened I think this wine will show more on the nose in an hour. Soft and juicy in... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Cardeal Dao 2005

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    mmmmm......terrible. don't buy from Fresh Direct. Even for $6 Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Cardeal Dao 2005

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    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Osborne Portugal Porto 1994

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    Wine review by daveyp125


  • Osborne Porto Tawny NV

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    Wine review by daveyp125


  • Dão Sul Table Wine 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by wilkes


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  • Quinta da Aveleda Red Blend Douro Charamba 2007

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    Wine review by svuptivup


  • Monsaraz Branco NV

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