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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I'm Portuguese and I work on hospitality. Passionate about the Algarve and is food. What atracts me on the wine world it's the variety and the different results using the same grape. First memory with wine, magnum bottles from red wine from Dão.

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Varietals Produced in Portugal View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Royal Oporto

    Grape growing in the Douro Region dates back to pre-historic times. In Bronze Age burying-grou...

  • Caves São João

    Allying family tradition and a history throughout generations to the most modern methods in produ...

  • Agricola Quinta Da Lagoalva

    Quinta da Lagoalva de Cima is located 2km from Alpiarça and stretches along the south bank of the...

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

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

  • Gazela

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

  • W. & J. Graham & Co.

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • This one is from a Costco run.  To me, the blend is hilarious:  40% ... ... Alentejano region of Portugal.All in all, I can't recommend that people rush out and buy this one.  It's OK, but not special.  There is a very serious hit of black cherry fruit on introduction.  Happily it does not come with the suggestion of sweetness, and, even more... Read More

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  • Rubrica Vinho Regional Alentejano 2012

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    More blue than red in the glass. Somewhat musty nose. Big black fruit on entryalmost black cherry Kool-Aid level. However, that quickly passes. Lots of tart acid. Then there is an earthiness. All in all its an OK everyday drinker, but nothing particularly special. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Vinha Padre Pedro Tejo 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Casa Santos Lima Confidencial Reserva 2012

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    This started out very fruit forward, luscious, almost. Then, the next day it began to get drier, even into the next day that continued. Bottom line, drink it right after opening to avoid disappointment. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Casa Senhorial Do Reguengo Medium Dry Vinho Verde

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    Honeyed melon aromas with white grape and peach. This is bright and fresh with soft bubbles and good acidity. There's a hint of sweetness here on the palate and floral notes with ripe fresh fruit, mostly melon, peach and lemon and a nice soft finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Amarguinha Almond Liqueur

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    This is fantastic as a coffee addition.. I got hooked on it in the Azores. Read More

    Wine review by Tmartiste


  • Okay, I really wanted to go home and hunker down with one of my bottles (man, I ... I ... areas for dry reds in Portugal, but not that much makes it over here.  The waiter warned us the Ilarria was big, but really it was just punishingly tannic and astringent.  I detected some overtly reduced notes in the Baga, while wife thought it smelled ba... Read More

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  • Quinta Do Portal Porto Reserve 27 Grapes NV

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    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Quinta Do Portal Porto Reserve 27 Grapes NV

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    Had this as a comparison to the Reserve 29 Grapes. Smoother, a bit more balanced, but less Earthy. Another one for an every day Ruby Port drinker. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Quinta Do Portal Porto Reserve 29 Grapes

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    Had a tasting of this with dinner last night at Trombino's Bistro Italiano. A pretty basic NV Ruby Port, but nevertheless enjoyable. Starts off sweet with a bit of earth. As it sits, becomes smoother and more earthy. Good every day drinker. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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