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

  • Syrah

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

  • Periquita

  • 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

  • Quinta do Crasto

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

  • Anselmo Mendes

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

  • Porto Cruz

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

  • Adega Cooperativa de Borba

    Founded in 1955, the Adega Coop. de Borba, was the first of a series of Cooperatives settled in t...

  • Adega de Pegões

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

  • Ferreira

    Ferreira is one of the top Port producers, based in the Douro region of Portugal. The Ferreira ...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Quinta de Chocapalha Vinho Tinto 2012

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    Wine review by effell


  • Magalhaes Vintage Porto 2000

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    I bought this bottle of port from the website ... Douro valley in northern Portugal and takes its name from the City of Oporto at the mouth of that river.It is a fortified wine because brandy is added to arrest the fermentation process. My bottle was made at Quinta do Silval,a small family concern in this area who use the Magalhaes name of the ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Vida Nova 2004

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £5 from the website ... home of Quinta do Moinho in Portugal's Algarve region in 1997.Although the bottles have his name on them they are produced and bottled by Adega do Cantor.My bottle is a blend of two Portugese grapes,aragonez [as tempranillo is called in Portugal] and trincaderia plus syrah although I do n... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • EMARK -  Just bought the 2014, picking up the 2013 and have the 2015 ... ... and we drank some wine from Portugal with sausages, beans and rice and this:A 2012 Quinta De Chocapalha Tinto Rouge. Mostly Touriga Nacional, a grape I really like, with plenty of grip to go with the food.  great pairing.1 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Riesling, sherry, and claret, most likely. Those are what Queen Victoria ... ... ... of fortified wine from Portugal and Spain fell during the late 1800s, replaced by lower-alcohol still wine. Partly that's a result of the enmity with France falling away - Portugal and Spain, after the Armada anyway, were more reliable allies than France, wha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Historical Wine Question


  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage Unfiltered 2008

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    Fonseca ports at this level are approachable earlier than most. This is ready now - Plenty of fruit, a little spice, effortless tannins and good acidity - a pleasure to drink. Hold or drink - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage Unfiltered 2008

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    Wine review by effell


  • Montaria Luis Vieira 2014

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    Another Naked Wines selection. Thin purple red in the glass. Opens with cherry, oak, and spice.; then a bit of pine; finishing with green tea leaf and cherry. Smooth and easy drinking. Medium long finish of loads and loads of fruit, plum, anise, and a small bit of oak, but not much mineral and earth which I prefer over the fruit forward. A bit t... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Montaria Luis Vieira 2015

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    Another recent Naked Wines selection. If I recall the other vintages of this, this vintage is not quite as good as the other vintages which I liked. This one seemed a bit too young and too one dimensional. Loads of sweetish fruit - concord grape, blueberry, and boysenberry and allspice but not much mineral or earth. Only bought one bottle of thi... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Palestra Douro 2013

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    Smooth and easy to drink; this show plum, blackberry, smoke and oak, with mild tannins and good acidity. Drink now - 88 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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