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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Gazela

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

  • Ferreira

    Ferreira is one of the top Port producers, based in the Douro region of Portugal. The Ferreira ...

  • Caves Vidigal

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

  • Caves Aliança

    A Aliança foi fundada em 1927, há mais de 80 anos, por 11 associados liderados por Domingos Silva...

  • Caves São João

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

  • Casa Santos Lima

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Vale da Poupa Moscatel Galego Branco 2012

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    Gorgeous on the nose with an explosion of flowers, honeysuckle, grapefruit rind and passionfruit all topped with subtle notes of white pepper and dusty minerality. Perhaps not quite dry, this still drinks like a dry wine. Firm and minerally in the mouth, theres a very pretty base of bright, white fruit here, a little tart apple toned with the sp... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Montaria Portugal 2012

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Tapada de Coelheiros Chardonnay 2010

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    Wine review by hungryhippo


  • Tapada de Coelheiros Garrafeira 2007

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    Wine review by hungryhippo


  • AZ Snoother, We don't hate, at least I don't!  When it comes to ... ... France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the odd German and Aussie, heck, I had a Slovenian Furmint recently.  South African Chenin?  Got that.  It just has to be tasty and reasonably priced.EMark, although Smith Madrone is old and Terra Valentine is younger, at least some of the ... Read More

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  • Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande Douro Tinto 2006

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    Nice enough Portugal red blend. Slightly sweet with ripe maraschino cherry, a bit of cranberry, nice acidity and a decent finish. Holding up very well for an '06. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Quinta Dos Carvalhais Touriga Nacional Dão 2004

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    Wine review by shloss


  • The nice thing about Sauvignon Blanc is that it is much less expensive than ... for some Vinho Verde from Portugal. It often has a bit of a fizzy quality, it's dirt cheap, and it's fine for hot humid summers. Moving over to the Basque region, you can look for some Txakoli, which will also have a slight fizz to it - not like Champagne though! I... Read More

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  • Greg, I know Van Leeuwenhoek observed the beasties (which he called ... port ... port (well maybe the one in Portugal).  ; Read More

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  • Luis Pato Colheita Seleccionada 2011

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    70% Baga, 30% Touriga Nacional Deep, leathery and subtly spicy with notes of white pepper and cardamom on the nose, this gains layers of complexity with air running the gamut from pressed flowers to vegemite, peppercorn to sweet pipe tobacco. A bit firm in the mouth, though without the explosive acids Baga sometimes have. Still this is bright a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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