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

  • Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada Tinto Dão DOC 2014

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    A bit more on the dry side. Nonetheless good. I'm probably being picky. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Silk & Spice 2015

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    Good red blend. Well balanced. Good representation of Portugal with a good price point. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Casa Santos Lima Confidencial Reserva Red Lisboa 2013

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    Perfect Portugal wine. Fruit forward, well balanced, perfect tannins, full mouthfeel, staying power in bottle, great price. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Fogo NV

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    Very tangy and hint of spicy. Read More

    Wine review by Dilbretta


  • Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde 2015

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    Fresh and uplifting this solid and a true value. Bright citrus, apple, pear and lime with great minerality, acidity and a touch of effervescence just to keep you wanting more - deservedly. Well done - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Portal Do Minho Branco Vinho Verde 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket for £5. Vinho Verde got ... extreme north-west corner of Portugal.A number of Portugese grape varieties are allowed. Most are low alchol [my bottle is only 10% ABV].My bottle was made by the Caves do Monte co-operative group and is a blend of the loureiro,azai, and avesso grape varieties.I... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Quinta de Cabriz Dao Colheita Seleccinada 2009

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    A pretty red in the glass. Red berry and plum, a little oak and spice with smooth tannins and good acidity, (9-12-2013)Update:Now torn and a little unbalanced it still shows primary fruit.Before - 87 pts. now NR - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Quinta de Chocapalha Vinho Tinto 2012

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    More red berry fruit and plum, with a slight pepper influence. Good solid framing tannins and acidity give this a good aftertaste. Better than expected - drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Magalhaes Vintage Porto 2000

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    I bought this bottle of port from the website ... 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. My bottle was made at Quinta do Silval,a small family concern in this area who use the Magalhaes name of the ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Vida Nova 2004

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £5 from the website ... home of Quinta do Moinho in Portugal's Algarve region in 1997.Although the bottles have his name on them they are produced and bottled by Adega do Cantor.My bottle is a blend of two Portugese grapes,aragonez [as tempranillo is called in Portugal] and trincaderia plus syrah although I do n... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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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