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

  • 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

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Roriz

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

  • 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

  • Casa Santos Lima

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

  • Sogrape - Mateus

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

  • José Maria da Fonseca

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

  • Adega Cooperativa de Borba

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

  • Caves São João

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

  • Quinta da Alorna

    Quinta da Alorna is one of Ribatejos top producers of wine. The property is located in the outski...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Well one photo showed up, which I assume you'd already posted, once I ... ... I ... wine from islands off Portugal.Tasting notes for their current offerings mention various fruit notes on the palate, but give me the impression it's a mostly dry wine, not least because there's no mention of residual sugar. They claim it can age well, comparing... Read More

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  • DMCKER - 1. I agree with you about cleaning with phosphates and I did it for ... for ... there was limited), Portugal was great, as were NZ and England.  Countries that had no Naval interface for years and - well - hell they'd give a daughter to you so you have a baby and they could then get to the States.  I know it's sounds odd, but it happ... Read More

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  • RICHARD - I SPENT, INCLUDING U.S. NAVY TIME, 20/21 (72-93) YEARS IN SHIPYARDS ... ... - Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and England - those are where I learned about wines. Those places were much different as a civilian.  But that's another story.                                                &nbs Read More

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  • Caiua a Noite NV

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    Not a good as other versions but good non-the-less. Here to is a wonderfully citrussy wine that will pour well on a whatever day of the week, any time of the year day. Juicy acidity and stoney citrus fruit makes this a wonderful compliment to fish, chicken and whatever you want to drink it with. 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Aveleda Vinho Branco 2013

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    Well done wine. Crispness that gives this a coolness due to it's freshness. The varietals are new to me for this blend and that is what is so interesting about the wine world - there is so much to learn. Citrus and stone fruits are front and center with wonderful acidity and minerality that gives this a lingering mouth watering effort. Get this ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Casaleiro Reserva 2012

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    Didn't enjoy as much as I did a year ago. The fruit has hidden itself and the primary aromas are herbal - sage to be precise. That presence was large and, quite frankly, overbearing. Don't understand why - my previous notes don't reflect this. Paul 82 oints Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Quinta Do Popa Douro 2012

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    This may be a tad over rated, but this really struck a cord with me. A typical Duoro blend that is elegant due to it's makeup. Really lush dark berry fruits dominate the palate, which is fine with me, a chocolate undercore with pepper, soft but present tannins and good acidity lead to a lengthy aftertaste. Think Burgundy beef, steak and hearty b... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Delaforce Touriga Nacional Douro 2011

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    The wine of the night! Rich and lush dark berry fruit, cherry, chocolate and coffee, with pepper and nuanced herbal notes, this is classic Douro. MIldly chewy tannins and well balanced acidity round out a lingering aftertaste that has a slightly sweet drk cherry profile - well done and an easy drinker. Drink now - Paul 92 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Negreiros Duoro 2012

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    A big disappointment in the early stages of opening. Plenty on the nose - violets, blackberry and blueberries acompany a medium dark gernet in the glass. The palate sees blackberries and others (field blend?), chocolate and pepper. after 2 hrs of opening this morphs into a very good Douro blend that is full with mild tannins and just a shade les... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Niepoort Projectos Baga Bairrada 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


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