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

  • Periquita

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • 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...

  • 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

  • José Maria da Fonseca

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

  • Casa Santos Lima

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

  • Porto Cruz

      Porto Cruz is one of the most recognized brands of Port, produced in the Douro Valley of P...

  • Quarles Harris

    Symington Family Estates are the leading producers of premium quality Ports. The combined sales o...

  • Caves São João

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

  • Adega Cooperativa de Borba

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Niepoort Port Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2009

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • I'm finishing that St. Francis Cab Franc as I type this....whoops, it's ... bought the two bottles from Portugal after I did the tasting.  Both were under $10 so it was a good deal I couldn't resist.  Oh check out some special wine in their wine cellar too.One last picture - I did a nice ride today out to Winchester VA with my retired buddy Woo... Read More

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  • Quinta Do Noval Black Port

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    Wine review by quantrill37


  • Well, my last volunteer wine pouring at the Wine in the Water Park event for ... including a Tempranillo from Portugal and a Chianti from Tuscany, Italy.  One lady gave me a $2 tip and another lady gave me $1.  These were my first tips at this event and totally unexpected.  Personally I think they were hitting on me and of course I did my best... Read More

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  • Moscatel de Setúbal Superior J.m.s. António Saramago Cl 1993

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Ramos Vila Santa 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Calem Porto Rose

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    Wine review by JeffS23


  • Calem Fine White Porto NV

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    I bought this bottle of wine a while ago from the website ... the Douro valley in northern Portugal. Most are red but a few are white like this one. Calem is an old and distinguished port house. I served my bottle chilled this evening with some bread and cheese and I did enjoy it.It is sweet and sticky with a sour peach,apricot and almond style... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Casal Garcia Vinho Verde Rose 2014

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    Wine review by raindance


  • Andreza Reserva Vinho Tinto DOC Douro 2010

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    I bought three bottles of this wine from the website ... the river Douro in northern Portugal, an area well known for port production but table wines such as this are also made.Wine has been made here since at least the Romans and the area has DOC status,the highest standard in the Portugese wine hierarchy. The bends in the river valley have n... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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