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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...

  • Touriga Nacional

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

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Periquita

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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

  • Caves São João

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

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

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

  • Ferreira

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

  • Cockburn's Port

    Cockburn's (Coh-burns) was founded in 1815 and has grown to become one of the world's great port ...

  • Gazela

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

  • Casa de Vila Verde

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Casal Garcia Vinho Tinto NV

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    (Past tasting 2 Mar 2013) Not too keen on the spice, a bit too much... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Feist Tawny Port None

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    Fine for cooking. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Fonseca Porto 10 Year Old Tawny 2013

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    Had this at Trombino's along side the Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny...Both are amazingly good, Fonseca is both in appearance and taste more of a 'Ruby' than the Taylor Fladgate. That is not to say it is, just that Taylor Fladgate has more of the typical tastes of a Tawny,raisin fruit, wood...whereas the Fonseca tastes to me more of the Ruby ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Sandeman Fine Tawny NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by erickafilm


  • Quinta de la Rosa Dourosa Douro 2012

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    Dry and fresh, with savory beef jerky and poppy seed aromas mixed with ripe pear and cherry - very interesting opening for a white wine. The palate is more classic, showing peach pit and apricot flavors, pencil shavings and tart minerality. The dried fruit flavors are well integrated with acidity here, making for an interesting wine without bein... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Quinta Do Vallado Touriga Nacional Douro 2011

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    Had this at dinner at Truluck's in Dallas. Found this from WS, says it better than I could '...Finely textured, with pure and powerful flavors of dark currant, black olive, red plum and wild cherry, accented by notes of molten licorice. Latent tannins and vibrant acidity give this a lively mouthfeel, offering a refined finish of chocolate mousse... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Reguengos 2012

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    Excellent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Ciconia Reserva 2011

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    Light wine to be enjoyed alone or with a fish stew. It is a blenf of touriga ... you want to learn more about Portugal and their grape varietals. Reflects complexity, soft tannins and character to be enjoyed alone or in a pairi Read More

    Wine review by dmele


  • Broadbent Vinho Verde NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by ilmaxo


  • Hey Rex,We caught the wine bug years ago with a trip to Napa.  My wife and ... wife and ... made visits in Portugal Australia, the Dalmatian coast (including Grgich in his native Croatia) plus multiple trips to Italy, Spain and France.  As they say in New Orleans (where they don't make wine that I'm aware of but sure know ho to drink it) "Lais... Read More

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