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

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

  • Periquita

  • 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

  • Anselmo Mendes

    Anselmo Mendes was born in Monção and has followed the tradition of his family of dedicating thei...

  • Companhia Agricola do Sanguinhal

    Companhia Agrícola do Sanguinhal’s head-offices are located in the municipality of Bombarral with...

  • José Maria da Fonseca

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

  • Caves Vidigal

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

  • Caves Aliança

    A Aliança foi fundada em 1927, há mais de 80 anos, por 11 associados liderados por Domingos Silva...

  • Porto Cruz

      Porto Cruz is one of the most recognized brands of Port, produced in the Douro Valley of P...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • 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


  • Quinta de Ventozelo Vinho de Porto Tawny Reserva NV

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    Smooth warm cherry beginning leading up to light prune, tobacco and pomegranate. Beautiful garnet color...reminds me of spending time with my European grandparents... Read More

    Wine review by chiWOWa


  • J M da Fonseca Periquita 2007

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    This was my first Portuguese wine and I really enjoyed it.This 2005 vintage is made from grapes grown on the Setubal Peninsula, it's the oldest Portuguese table wine. The blend of 70% Castelao, 20% Trincadeira and 10% Aragonez (another name for Tempranillo) is aged for a short time in oak (4 months). Ruby in color, with aromas of blueberries, st... Read More

    Wine review by vigna uva vino


  • Touquinheiras Reserva Vinho Verde Quinta Das Touquinheiras 2007

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    My 4seasons notes say "a perfect example of Vinho Verde". If that is the case, ... case, they can keep it in Portugal. This wine reminded me of the retched white wines I choked down in places in the eastern Mediterranean while eating goat cheese garnished salads which were the only thing edible that I could find. It has all of the bad oily aft... Read More

    Wine review by mikegriffin


  • Gazela Vinho Verde 2007

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    A little too sparkling for me, but a nice summer wine. Read More

    Wine review by kcd361


  • Graham's 20 Year Old Tawny Port NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by seba


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