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

  • 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...

  • Touriga Nacional

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

  • 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...

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

  • Royal Oporto

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

  • Porto Cruz

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

  • Sogrape - Mateus

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

  • Quinta do Vallado

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

  • Casa de Vila Verde

    Located in the demarcated region of Vinhos Verdes, in the heart of the Sousa River valley, Casa d...

  • Anselmo Mendes

    Anselmo Mendes was born in Monção and has followed the tradition of his family of dedicating thei...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • I think that's true. There's a lot of new money getting into the wine ... ... Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal that's quite satisfying and less than $20 and I just can't do that in the US. That market is dominated by the big corporations putting out product that's standardized and built to spec.If you're going over $20, there's stuff from San... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Jammy


  • Zuf - Don't know that I agree with that.  The QPR value on Spanish, Southern Rhone, Portugal table wines, Chilean and some Italian are far and away better than Cali entry level wines.  Being from there, albeit temporarily, I learned a hard truth - land values really drive the price.  Old family vineyards, think Buehler, can still make real good ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Jammy


  • Espumante Vinho Verde Estreia Sparkling Wine Meio Seco Medium Dry NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Quinta Das Carvalhas Douro Touriga Nacional 2014

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    In the glass, the rim shows a clean deep cherry red; the core of the liquid is almost opaque blackness. Lovers of Port will recognize the grapey-cigar nose topped with wild blueberries in the pail (Ruby Port). Cherry notes develop with a swirl or two. Entry is rich with black fruit such as huckleberry and there is a good dollop of tannin - thoug... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Been having some fun finding all the wine stores in the Raleigh-Durham area ... ... is a lush white from Portugal made from the Fernao Pires (aka Maria Gomes) grape.  This is actually one of the most widely grown white grapes in Portugal.  It comes across similar to a juicy albarino but with a bit more floral and a tad less minerally. Honeysu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Graham's Late Bottled Vintage 2008

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    The coloration would be a murky rusty brown Earth with a tawny ring around the rim. The aromas are of spicy alcohol upfront before any swirling, with black cherry and concord sweetness. Flavors are pretty close to the aromas with sweet cherry, spiced vanilla, subtle dry oak making up the bulk along with dark chocolate and deep plummy fruits on... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Duas Quintas Douro Clássico Tinto Red 2015

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    Binny's 12/2018. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Fitapreta Vinho Regional Alentajano Portugal 2014

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    very nice blend, sublime, subtle and succinct across the palate and a good job of blending. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Quinta Do Noval Port Colheita Tawny Porto 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Quinta Das Setencostas Alenquer Casa Santos Lima White 2017

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Whatever happened to Matuse

    Comment by 337202Harlen F 337202 Harlen F


  • I love the wines and the people in Portugal.. they are trully wonderful, beautiful, loving and sincere people. Have a couple great friends that I have met on a social site. Known them for two years just chatting and talking on live chats. We have a good friendship. MAUH... abracos y beijos ;)

    Comment by 1121846didi 1121846 didi


  • it has fine wines to many for me to remember

    Comment by 874532vilasol 874532 vilasol


  • espiga wine please

    Comment by 874532vilasol 874532 vilasol


  • COLLARES IS THE BEST WINE OF PORTUGAL AND OF ALL THE WORLD !

    Comment by 355028JOJOBO 355028 JOJOBO


  • i love the countrys history and they have good food great wine

    Comment by 377720machita17 377720 machita17


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