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...

  • 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...

  • Periquita

  • Trincadeira Preta

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

  • Sogrape - Mateus

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

  • Companhia Agricola do Sanguinhal

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

  • 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 Vallado

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

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Evidencia 2009

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    Portuguese Reds...hard to find in my portion of the woods, but worth the hunt. Just an incredible bargain versus US reds, then again, very few imported wines fail to fill that bill. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Broadbent Vinho Verde NV

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Bridao Tejo Classico 2011

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    Imported by: Wine Enterprises LLC NJTouriga Nacional, Castelao, Tinta Roriz, TrincadeiraJuicy and dark on the nose with aromas of moist tobacco, vanilla, a hint of dried fruit, some stemmy herbal notions with hints of old wood and blue plum skins. A bit rich on entry, this sorts itself out quickly in the mouth with lovely bright integrated acids... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Casaleiro Reserva 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Taylor Fladgate Porto Lbv 2003

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • So you're not a pink sludge fan?  ;-(I'm curious that nobody's ... afield to Germany, Austria, Portugal, Greece and Hungary. Their infrastructural costs (esp. France's) are generally no less than California's, so why are CA wines so pricey, even domestically, forget about on the international marke Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Bucellas Arinto 2012

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    Wine review by Xeeran


  • Bucellas Arinto 2012

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    Wine review by Xeeran


  • As it happens I live in Macau and have for a number of years (18 years in Hong ... away), and have a home in Portugal as well. GREGT, I'm in complete agreement: production is small, and inconsistent to boot: Portugal is intensely rural and many communities simply pool their grapes and make village wine. Little of this is exported per se, but i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Feelings on Portuguese Wines?


  • The reason Portuguese wines were mostly crap was first, the government for much ... record. It's a hard sell.Portugal has been an up and coming country for about 20 years now but its production is relatively small and it doesn't have the presence in the $10 - $15 range that get people to take the first plunge. There are plenty of good producers... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Feelings on Portuguese Wines?


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