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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Periquita

  • 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

  • Adega Cooperativa de Borba

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

  • Caves Vidigal

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

  • Quinta do Vallado

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

  • Casa Santos Lima

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

  • Taylor Fladgate

    Taylor Fladgate is the only Port wine shipper to remain completely independent throughout its 3...

  • Agricola Quinta Da Lagoalva

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Niepoort Twisted Douro 2012

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    Imported by: Polaner Selections NYTouriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and others A bit candied on the nose with notes of cola, violet pastille and some gamy, leathery base notes laced around bright cherry and plum fruits. Soft, rich and easy going in the mouth,this is very well balanced with hints of coffee and wood spic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quinta Do Passadouro Passa 2011

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    Imported by: Winebow NY40% Touriga Franca, 30% Tinta Roriz, 30% Tinta Nacional A touch woody and slightly funky on the nose with a blend of chocolate, leather, and astringent red fruit aromas. Rich, smooth, low acid and polished in the mouth, this opens with some dry tannins covered in cherry and bitter chocolate flavors. the acidity is modest, ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Grao Vasco Dao 2010

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    Imported by: Evaton Inc. Ct. A blend of unspecified percentages of Jaen, Tinto Roriz, Touriga Nacional Bright, floral and simple on the nose though with nice depth to the vinous orange rind and white floral aromas. Smooth on entry, a bit lean but with a touch of flesh sticking to the the taut acid driven and dusty tannin laced structure. the fru... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Periquita Reserva 2009

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    Imported by: Palm Bay Imports Fl40% Castelao, 32% Touriga Nacional, 28% Touriga Franca Pencil shavings and dried green herbs pop on the nose followed by astringent red fruits and rusty aromas. On entry this is almost sweet for a second, rich with ripe fruit but the vibrant acidity quickly washes that away and offers a great contrast to the ripe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Casa Ferreirinha Papa Figos Douro 2012

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    Imported by: Broadbent Selections SF40% Tinta Roriz, 30% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Barroca, 10% Touriga Nacional A touch subdued on the nose though the aromas of vanilla, milk chocolate, dusty spices and dried cherries with a hint of espresso are both well balanced and very attractive. the nose gains lovely violet and plum aromas with a little b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Aveleda Follies Touriga Nacional Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Imported by Aveleda Inc. RI Dark and focused on the nose with wonderful floral aromas that recall candied violets coupled with layers of sweet, toasty oak and spicy, plummy fruit bound together with cinnamon and holiday spice. A touch soft on entry, then this really flows slowly across the palate with black fruit, medium plus body and plenty of ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vista Touriga Nacional Reserva 2010

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    Imported by: Iberia Wines & Spirits Ct Aromatically this is very interesting ... ... modern styled wines from Portugal. Its got some attractive inner mouth perfumes and medium plus body with flavors of blue plums and wild black berries on the palate nicely supported by well judged tannins and that acidity that adds freshness even as the creamy... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Presidential White Blend Porto

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    Excellent as a spritzer. refreshing! Read More

    Wine review by ealvara2


  • Taylor Fladgate First Estate Port NV

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    For a NV Ruby, or any Ruby, this one is a beauty and good Lord, how inexpensive. Very intense and concentrated, lovely thick burgundy color, bits of chocolate, fudge, liquorice, and anise. A deep jammy Plum taste. Still seems very young and will be very interesting to see how and if this ages well. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Merino 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


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