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

  • Periquita

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Casa de Vila Verde

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

  • Caves Vidigal

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

  • Anselmo Mendes

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

  • 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...

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Lancers Moscato

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    Wine review by Rosemaryjim


  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true ... ... Madeira Boal - Portugal, MadeiraOff to the dessert room at Bern's. Another futile attempt at the menu so I deferred to the server who recommended this Madeira. Nutty, burnt caramel, some lacquer and charred oak. Creamy, ripe banana, orange oil, loads of sweet tangy go... Read More

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  • Altano Duoro 2009

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    Medicinal on day one. I almost scrapped it. Day two, it was blended and smooth. Day three, it started returning to medicinal but it was still drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Presidental 20 Year Tawny

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    Wine review by Sovereign Tn


  • Quinta Do Portal Douro Reserva Mural 2013

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    Bright magenta and a bit light on the nose. Red fruited with high acidity and light tannins. OK nothing to write home about. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Real Companhia Velha Douro Porca de Murca Red 2014

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    Binny's 3/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Vinho Verde Sunflower Broadbent NV

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    Binny's 3/2017. I love the value, so refreshing and light. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Gazela NV

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    Binny's 3/2017. Memorial Day, a whole bottle for me. Sounds like a lot, but only like drinking four+ lite beers. I love low alcohol wine in the summer time. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • A very literate, nay, by the standards of contemporaneous cogitation, erudite ... Iberian princess of a state.Portugal is one place in Europe most of the people I know on this site could live with a decent sense of satisfaction.  Par example,  Russian Salad is not on most local menus as against the case across the eastern frontier.  Of course,... Read More

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  • Monte Velho Red Blend Alentejo 2015

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    Brooding, oaky smoke and dark black currant aromas, tart and terse with balsamic vinegar and dried herb. More smoke and earth on the palate with tart fruit and a creamy melted chocolate and butter finish with burnt toast, vanilla extract and whipped cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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