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

  • Periquita

  • 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...

  • Roriz

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

  • 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

  • Quinta do Vallado

    Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the ...

  • Companhia Agricola do Sanguinhal

    Companhia Agrícola do Sanguinhal’s head-offices are located in the municipality of Bombarral with...

  • Quarles Harris

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

  • Caves Vidigal

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

  • W. & J. Graham & Co.

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

  • Casa Santos Lima

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

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Ciconia Red 2013


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    Wine review by Methree

  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2007


    Huge and plentiful legs accompany this beautifully colored, aged LBV. Colors are beginning to show tawny hues, still with a body cranberry, black cherry syrup, and black plum juice....opaque as it should be....starting to show some muddled character. Aromas of huge raisined grape, beginnings of licorice root, rounded and delicate alcohol, blac... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • RBA - That winery isn't bad at all.  They one of several from Portugal I buy regularly.MJET - The Lot 64 has been in cellar for years.  Great for BBQ's.Here's a trio of under $20 wines that I've been enjoying lately:Gotta pay attention to vintages with this one, but for around $10 this is a good Carmenere normally, but this was a complete surpri... Read More

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  • Quinta Dos Murcas Vv47 Douro 2012


    Thick, dusty and concentrated aromas of black currant, molasses and mixed berry. This is full bodied, dense and rich with a chewy tannic structure, notes of cooked berry preserves, dark chocolate and moist forest earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Nice Zinfandel EM.  I haven't tried that one yet.We drove over to ... ... ... flight (Vinho Verde from Portugal, Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough New Zealand, and a Sancerre from the Loire Valley in France) with the crab and a prosecco with the oysters.  I think Sandra had a Sauvignon Blanc but I'm not sure now.   The meal was quite tasty and ... Read More

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  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2011


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    Wine review by jkozlow6tuq

  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2011


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    Wine review by jkozlow6tuq

  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2011


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    Wine review by jkozlow6tuq

  • RBA  "Ooh,Reserve. It must be good".  While most New World ... ... European countries,Spain,Portugal,Austria,and Italy. Their "reservas " have legal definitions,most of which have to do with aging for example Chianti Classico Riserva must be aged 27 months at least,Vin Nobile at least 30 months,  Brunello 5 years with 2 years in barrel or cask... Read More

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  • Herdade Do Esporao Bruto Portugal 2012


    Light biscuit aromas with tart lemon and grapefruit notes and a touch of something inorganic on the nose. Lots of minerality on the palate with sharp citrus and unripe melon notes and a creamy textured, long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

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