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

  • Roriz

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

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • 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...

  • Touriga Nacional

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

  • Periquita

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

  • W. & J. Graham & Co.

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

  • Gazela

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

  • Taylor Fladgate

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

  • Casa de Vila Verde

    Located in the demarcated region of Vinhos Verdes, in the heart of the Sousa River valley, Casa d...

  • José Maria da Fonseca

    The largest expanses of Jose Maria da Fonseca vines are found in Setubal. each utilising appropri...

  • Caves Vidigal

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Carmim Tinto Reguengos Alentejano 2012

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Cockburns Fine Ruby Port NV

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    Picked this up at Stone Face Package Liquors Store. Nice little number. Opens with perfume, spice, and vanilla. More viscous mouth feel, almost like diluted honey. Long finish of golden raisin, pepper, and vanilla. I think a bit better than the Taylor Fladgate Fine Ruby Porto which I tasted along side this. Very, very well priced for this quality. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Pena de Pato Douro Red 2005

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    Wine review by Luke Varsi


  • Kopke Colheita Port 1979

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    Finished lunch at Marcello's with this. Wish I had been able to try this as part of a tasting flight. Seemed wonderfully complex, though distinctly different than a typical Tawny. Beautiful medium dark amber in the glass. Plenty of dried figs, golden raisin, then a vanilla maple and pecan sweetness. Seems 'thinner' in the mouth than a typical Ta... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Quinta Dos Grilos Dao 2010

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Joao Portugal Ramos Vinho Branco Loios 2011

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    Wine review by mark


  • José Maria da Fonseca Setúbal Albis 2009

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    Picked this up at Jubilation; Quite a Beauty, Opens with perfume & strawberry, then allspice and plum preserves, and then strawberry preserves and milk chocolate fudge, A few swirls and Blueberry, iris, violets, and spice - minimal, but complementary oak. Big mouthful, medium tannins and acidity, but long finish. Seems at the perfect age. Very ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Fado Terras de Alter Alentejo Reserva 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Quinta Do Portal Colheita Douro 2011

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    I liked it. Great price point. 92 rating-WS. A little lighter in body than I am used to drinking, but nonetheless respectable. Would buy again. Well balanced. Somewhat dry. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Quinta Do Noval Porto Noval Black NV

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    Nice, smooth, easy drinking port. Ripe plums, raisins, a hint of anise, low to medium tannins and a medium finish. This held up well over the course of two weeks. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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