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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

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

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

  • Gazela

    GAZELA is a soft, light and refreshing Vinho Verde that goes well with life. GAZELA is an uncompr...

  • Royal Oporto

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

  • 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 ...

  • Adega de Pegões

    1. It all started when the big landlord and beer magnate, José Rovisco Pais, donated his Pegões p...

  • Agricola Quinta Da Lagoalva

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Dow Porto Vintage 2003


    purchased 11/8/2008 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars Read More

    Wine review by emmfan

  • Dfj Vinhos Grand Arte Alicante Bouschet 2005


    Simply known as Alicante, this grape was created at the end of the 19th century by crossing Petit Bouschet and Grenache. Extremely opaque in appearance, this full-flavoured and fruit-forward red shows attractive flavours of blueberry preserves, ripe plum, vanilla and sweet spices. It possesses a supple texture and ripe tannins. Serve with lamb c... Read More

    Wine review by daredaremotus

  • Dow Port 1977


    This is a test review... Read More

    Wine review by garrettmurray

  • Taylor Fladgate Tawny Port 20 Years Port & Madeira NV


    No written review

    Wine review by elliottback

  • Dows Fine Tawny Port NV


    No written review

    Wine review by seba

  • Gazela Vinho Verde 2007


    Lively and acidic, typical of vinho verde. Nothing special, but certainly worth the $4 I paid for it. Read More

    Wine review by Jack Lynch

  • Grão Vasco Dão Tinto 2003


    An okay generic red; well balanced, but without much distinctive character. Still, for the price (under $10 a bottle), perfectly acceptable. Read More

    Wine review by Jack Lynch

  • Gazela Vinho Verde NV


    No written review

    Wine review by bellaknox

  • Callabriga Alentejo Reserva 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by bellaknox

  • Espiral Vinho Verde 2006


    Have to agree with the rest of the Trader Joes crowd. Such a great summer wine at $3.99. Light, refreshing, crisp and a little sparkly. Beats lemonade! Read More

    Wine review by jameshull

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