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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 Douro 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.
Broadbent Madeira Colheita 1999Madeira from Madeira, Portugal
Niepoort Colheita 1999Port from Portugal
Casa de Santar Dao Red Reserva 1999Other Red Blends from Portugal
Ferreira Late Bottled Vintage Port 1999Port from Portugal
Sogrape Vinho Do Monte, Alentejo 1999Other Red Blends from Portugal
Quinta do Noval Late Bottled Vintage 1999Port from Portugal
Marques de Borba Alentjo Red Reserva 1999Other Red Blends from Portugal
Luis Pato Beiras Red Baga 1999Baga from Portugal
Osborne LBV Port 1999Port from Portugal
Smith Woodhouse Madalena 1999Port from Portugal
Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage 1999Port from Portugal
Quinta do Crasto Vintage Port 1999Port from Portugal
Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas Reserva 1999Other Red Blends from Portugal
Quinta de Roriz Reserva Douro 1999Other Red Blends from Portugal
Quinta do Crasto Tinta Roriz 1999Tempranillo from Portugal
Ferreira Callabriga 1999Other Red Blends from Portugal
Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port 1999Port from Portugal
Dow's Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira 1999Port from Portugal
Blandy's Madeira Colheita Malmsey Single Harvest (500ML) 1999Madeira from Madeira, Portugal
Quinta de Roriz Vintage Port 1999Port from Portugal
Sandeman Vau Vintage Port 1999Port from Portugal
Quinta de la Rosa Vale Inferno 1999Port from Portugal
Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port 1999Port from Portugal
Quinta do Crasto Douro Red Reserve 1999Other Red Blends from Portugal
Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port Madalena 1999Port from Douro, Portugal