Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines ...
Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.
While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines of various styles.
The Duoro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.
Other dry wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.
The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.
Croft Late Bottled Vintage 1998Port from Portugal
Graham's Quinta Dos Malvedos Vintage Port 1998Port from Douro, Portugal
Quinta do Noval Late Bottled Vintage 1998Port from Portugal
Quinta do Crasto Douro Red Reserve 1998Other Red Blends from Portugal
Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas 1998Port from Portugal
Cockburn's Anno Late Bottled Port 1998Port from Portugal
Fonseca Guimaraens Port 1998Port from Portugal
Churchill's Quinta da Agua Alta 1998Port from Portugal
Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte 1998Other Red Blends from Portugal
Graham's Late Bottled Vintage 1998Port from Douro, Portugal
Quinta do Noval Silval Vintage Porto 1998Port from Portugal
Barao de Villar Colheita Port 1998Other Dessert from Douro, Portugal
Fonseca Guimaraens Port 1998Other Dessert from Douro, Portugal
Warre's Quinta da Cavadinha 1998Port from Douro, Portugal
Caves Sao Joao Porta dos Cavaleiros Branco 1998Other White Blends from Dao, Portugal
Offley Colheita Port 1998Other Dessert from Douro, Portugal
Churchill's Quinta da Agua Alta Vintage Port 1998Other Dessert from Douro, Portugal
Graham's Malvedos 1998Port from Douro, Portugal