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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Roriz

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

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Periquita

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

  • 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

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

    Since 1999, Quinta de Ventozelo belongs to the Spanish group Proinsa. The property is located in ...

  • Casa Santos Lima

    Casa Santos Lima is situated in Alenquer, approximately 45 kms north of Lisbon, in a very traditi...

  • Quinta do Vallado

    Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the ...

  • Quinta do Crasto

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

  • Cockburn's Port

    Cockburn's (Coh-burns) was founded in 1815 and has grown to become one of the world's great port ...

  • Sogrape - Mateus

    With its current strategic vision SOGRAPE is overseeing a “homecoming”, a return to the character...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Vallado Touriga Nacional Rose-Douro Portugal Douro 2013

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    Earthy and savory on the nose with hints of pepper and prosciutto fat lurking under floral framed red berry fruit. Pretty full on entry, if just a bit loose on the palate. this delivers plenty of easy and approachable berry and plum fruit backed up with hints of violet florals and nice, gently dusty tannins. This really is quite tasty still, and... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vera Vinho Verde Rose 2013

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    A little candied and lightly spicy on the nose this really does its thing in the mouth where it retain enough trapped CO2 from fermentation to be modestly spritzy. Its dry, light weight, though with a hint of tannin adding texture, and fairly simple with a fruit, cherry, raspberry profile that has just a hint of something tropical too it and eno... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Graham's Port Late Bottled Vintage 2008

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    Wine review by Ennis1


  • Casal Garcia Vinho Verde 2012

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Alianca Dao Reserva 2010

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Warre's Port Finest Reserve Warrior 2013

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    Wine review by kaguru


  • Aveleda Tinto "Charamba" Douro Portugal 2011

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Quinta de Ventozelo Douro DOC Reserva 2009

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    Very nice "typical" Douro blend...60% Touriga Nacional, 20% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz; dark purple, zingy acidity, moderate tanins, and very pleasant to drink by itself or with food that has substance...oak notes are restrained allowing the fruit to shine Read More

    Wine review by GrapeGuru


  • Sandeman White Port NV

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    An excellent wine. Very good as an aperitit or desert wine.Introduced to this wine in PORTUGAL and since I am on my last bottle I would like to replace this wine. Read More

    Wine review by explorwine


  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale 2010

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    The Ducal (so-called tan label) is usually a reliable Tuscan wine, and the 2010 is pretty much in line with this sentiment; the cherry flan and leather on the nose and more cherry sheen on the palate with soft tannin makes for a longish finish. Good value. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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