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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Periquita

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Touriga Nacional

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

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 Aliança

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

  • Royal Oporto

    Grape growing in the Douro Region dates back to pre-historic times. In Bronze Age burying-grou...

  • Adega Cooperativa de Borba

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

  • 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...

  • Sogrape - Mateus

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Monte Velho Red Blend Alentejo 2015

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    Brooding, oaky smoke and dark black currant aromas, tart and terse with balsamic vinegar and dried herb. More smoke and earth on the palate with tart fruit and a creamy melted chocolate and butter finish with burnt toast, vanilla extract and whipped cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Quinta da Padrela Douro 2011

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    Best buy yet from Portugal. This full-bodied red is balanced and made for meat. Great price for under $15 Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2011

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    Typically beautiful coloration of blackberry/black cherry, opaque black/brown goodness with amazing legs! The aromas are still a little young with booze showing immediately, but sugarplum, prune, fig, deep dark berries etc....flavors are nice with sugary plum, quite a bit of alcohol, boysenberry/chokecherry and cherry as well as cranberry/green... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Mar de Lisboa 2013

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    Good Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Read the whole article and I must say it was informative to a degree.  I ... ... was in a forum out of Portugal several years ago that talked about this subject but wasn't as detailed or technically advanced because the technology wasn't there - so I took a real interest it.Being a "cork" guy I was especially happy to hear about the advances,... Read More

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  • Fado Alentejano 2013

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    Easy going red that's smooth, with red and dark berry fruits, mellow tannins and a good finish. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Fado Alentejano 2013

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    Wine review by finney


  • Quinta Do Noval Black Quinta Do Noval Black NV

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    A replacement for LBV to provide an alternative ready to drink now wine. It's got solid fruit, plenty of fruit, balanced alc and tannins. Great with chocolate desserts. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Quinta Do Noval Black Quinta Do Noval Black NV

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    Wine review by Steve Bennett


  • Quinta Do Noval Black Quinta Do Noval Black NV

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