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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Wine and spirits writer/consultant/marketer. Spirits expert w in depth knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese and Loire/Languedoc wines (you might say "bi-spiritual.") NYC born and bred food lover. Sometime jewelry designer. Overall broad about town.

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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...

  • 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...

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Periquita

  • Roriz

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

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

  • W. & J. Graham & Co.

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

  • Companhia Agricola do Sanguinhal

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

  • Casa de Vila Verde

    Located in the demarcated region of Vinhos Verdes, in the heart of the Sousa River valley, Casa d...

  • Adega de Pegões

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

  • Caves Aliança

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

  • Adega Cooperativa de Borba

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • We did a trip to Portugal and Spain back in 2008 but wine wasn't the focus of our trip.  I would have loved to tour the Douro Valley.   Read More

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  • Hello DMCKER,Thanks for your message. I can absolutely understand that you ... ... me and from Wine Tourism in Portugal. I am going to copy here an excerpt of my Douro Valley Wine Travel guide. I  am sure you can find plenty of good information there.You can read the whole article hereDuring the first couple of weeks of July 2015, I was a gues... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Portugal Wine Travel Stories


  • Great story, Manny, and you remind us all of what great wine-country touring is about--even (or especially?) beyond Sonoma!  ;-) Read More

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  • Rather than just directing us to your link offsite, how about you tell us a story or two here about some good Portuguese wine and wine-touring areas?Detail is good.  ;-) Read More

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  • HelloMy name is Nelson and I am a food and Travel blogger ... called Wine Tourism in Portugal http://www.winetourismportugal.com/en/ (WINTP). Wine Tourism in Portugal is #1 go-to portal for information, planning and booking wine inspired holidays in Portugal. Within the scope of my intervention with them, I suggested that we look for inspiring ... Read More

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  • Taylor Fladgate Porto Vintage Portugal Port

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  • Quinta Do Portal Port Blend Porto Vintage 2007

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  • Niepoort Port Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2009

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  • I'm finishing that St. Francis Cab Franc as I type this....whoops, it's ... bought the two bottles from Portugal after I did the tasting.  Both were under $10 so it was a good deal I couldn't resist.  Oh check out some special wine in their wine cellar too.One last picture - I did a nice ride today out to Winchester VA with my retired buddy Woo... Read More

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  • Quinta Do Noval Black Port

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