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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Periquita

  • 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

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

    Barros Porto is recognized and appreciated all over the world. A great deal of its high awareness...

  • Gazela

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

  • Anselmo Mendes

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

  • W. & J. Graham & Co.

    Graham’s Port was founded in 1820 by Scottish brothers William and John Graham in Oporto, Port...

  • 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...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Niepoort Port Blend Porto Petre's 2003

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    Drunk at Quinta do Napoles with Dirk Niepoort. Closed, not much power and very subtle aromas. The palate is very tobaccoey with chocolate, gentle fruit and spice. Good. Read More

    Wine review by Peter Wood


  • Graham's Vintage Port Port Port Port Portugal Douro 2003

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    Inky purple. The aroma is big, sweet and lots of stewed fruit. The palate is very big, with tannins gripping a little too firmly and lots of stalky herbs, and black pepper. Read More

    Wine review by Peter Wood


  • Ferreira Tawny 20 Year Old Duque de Braganca NV

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    Great nose, well integrated aromas of nuts, orange peel. Palate is great, tobacco, nuts and bitter orange and tobacco. Stunning. Read More

    Wine review by Peter Wood


  • Grahams Dq Vintage Port 1983

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    This is the second Port I ever purchased and I always have a soft sport for it. At 23 this is heading towards a mid-life crisis for collectors: drink or hold? If you have a case, then I suggest both. Right now it shows off a precocious personality, ultimately harmonious and enjoyable at the moment. Yet the tannins are still quite ripe today and ... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Dow Port 1977

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    Decanted 10 hours prior to service. At 6 hours, it was overpowering and still showing some spirit on the nose and finish. The '77 Dow's needs little introduction and is a very big wine, as is its older brother from 1970. Still showing dark ruby-purple with a suggestion of age showing on the edge, but its core is opaque. Lovely fragrances that de... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Grahams Vintage Port Rmp 93 Premier 1977

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    The nose shows some spicy elements and an herbal essence that add intricacy to the fresh raspberry aroma that showed no outward sign of spirit. Finally! I have never been a fan of this VP and it has always been a thorn in my side, even when put in front of me in a handful of "blind" tests ("let's fool Roy"). However, this particular bottle made ... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Quinta Do Noval Porto Vintage 2000

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    Inky purplish-red and nearly opaque, with a sweet plum and grapey aromatic profile. Densely packed with boysenberry and plump purple fruit that is lightly laced with licorice. Full-bodied, and expansive on the palate with a great tannin structure and fabulous length on the finish. A distinctive Noval and with their third big VP in a row, this Sh... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Graham's Vintage Port 1955

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    Gentle. Jammy, squashed strawberries and a little toffee. Beautifully balanced nose. The palate is wonderful, a little alcohol initially moves onto a peppery fruity palate. After a few hours, its got caramel, warm sugar... stunning, and the best port I have tasted to date. Read More

    Wine review by Peter Wood


  • Quinta de Santa Eufémia Finest Reserve 6 Bottles Rouge NV

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    Dark color for a white wine. Nutty with good fruit. Refreshing. A really unique style of wine. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger


  • Santa Eufemia Tawny Aged 40 Years NV

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    A dark madeira colored wine with wood, oxidation, and some subtle burnt aromas. Great complexity, and delicate sweetness. The perfect after-dinner drink. Delicious. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger


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