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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Roriz

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

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...

  • Royal Oporto

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

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

    Portugal's Douro Valley is one of the most spectacular wine growing regions in the world. Its bea...

  • Companhia Agricola do Sanguinhal

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

  • Caves São João

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

  • 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

  • Fado Terras de Alter Alentejo Reserva 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Quinta Do Portal Colheita Douro 2011

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    I liked it. Great price point. 92 rating-WS. A little lighter in body than I am used to drinking, but nonetheless respectable. Would buy again. Well balanced. Somewhat dry. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Quinta Do Noval Porto Noval Black NV

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    Nice, smooth, easy drinking port. Ripe plums, raisins, a hint of anise, low to medium tannins and a medium finish. This held up well over the course of two weeks. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Ferreira Barca Velha 1999

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    Wine review by Masseredjian


  • Real Companhia Velha Vinho Do Porto Don Jose Tinto Aloirado NV

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... the Douro valley in northern Portugal and takes its name from the city of Oporto at the mouth of that river.It is a fortified wine because brandy is added to arrest the fermentation process.Real Companhia Velha,also known as the Royal Oporto Wine Company,is the oldest Port Wine Company o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Graham Six Grapes Port 2013

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    Deep ruby purple in color as a young Ruby Port is. Bright fruit, a bit of alcohol burn, but delightful. Roasted chocolate, some espresso, and herbaceous, great everyday Ruby Port.. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I should say that we've only been interested in collecting wine in a wine ... France, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Iceland, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.  The worst wine we have ever tasted was made in Vietnam.  The best wine we have ever tasted was made in Napa Valley (Barnett). The issue of over-... Read More

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  • Callabriga Douro Red 2008

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    Wine review by orangegroves


  • Graham's 10 Year Old Tawny Port NV

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    Would have loved to try this along with the Taylor Fladgate 10 year, but this is superb.A bit drier than I expect for a Tawny, but packed full of dense cooked raisin, spice, nutmeg, and vanilla. Exceptionally easy to drink either with an espresso or espresso and desert. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Mundus Rose Leve Adega da Vermelha

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    Wine review by LuisMichel


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