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.
Quinta do Vesuvio Douro Red 2011Other Red Blends from Douro, Portugal
Cavipor Vinhas Alta Vinho Verde 2011Other White Blends from Vinho Verde, Portugal
Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional Douro 2011Touriga Nacional from Portugal
Caves Velhas Cabeca de Toiro Reserva Red 2011Other Red Blends from Douro, Portugal
Herdade Do Esporao Reserva Red 2011Other Red Blends from Portugal
Quinta do Casal Branco Falcoaria Classico Red 2011Other Red Wine from Portugal
Quinta Nova Colheita 2011Other Red Blends from Portugal
Quinta da Rede Rede Reserva 2011Other Red Blends from Douro, Portugal
CARM Douro Reserva 2011Other Red Blends from Portugal
Quinta do Portal Colheita Tinto 2011Other Red Blends from Douro, Portugal
Monte Cascas Colheita Tinto 2011Other Red Blends from Portugal
Herdade Do Esporao Verdelho 2011Verdelho from Portugal
Foz De Arouce Tinto 2011Other Red Blends from Portugal
Quinta Vale D. Maria Rufo Red 2011Other Red Blends from Douro, Portugal