Portugal

 

NESTLED BETWEEN SPAIN AND THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, PORTUGAL IS OFTEN CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF EUROPE’S BEST KEPT WINE SECRETS. TRADITIONS SUCH AS PORT WINE AND CLASSIC BRANDS LIKE MATEUS ONCE SHAPED PORTUGAL’S GLOBAL WINE IMAGE. THE NEW ERA OF PORTUGUESE WINES SHOWCASES BOTH MODERN TASTE PROFILES AND CREATIVE PACKAGING. THE WINES OF PORTUGAL ARE MOST OFTEN REFERRED TO BY THE WINE REGION OVER THE GRAPE TYPE.


Key Regions: Douro, Dão, Alentejo, Vinho Verde

Wine Styles: White, Rosé, Red, Fortified

Key White Grapes: Alvarinho

Key Red Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca

 

Wine Region Specifics:

Douro (door-oh): Known for producing quality wines, the Douro has been called “The Bordeaux ” of Portugal. In addition to Port, the Douro produces some of the countries most sought-after table wines.

Dão (Dow): The Dão region, which has been referred to as “The Burgundy” of Portugal, is often known for creating lighter style, food friendly wines. 

Alentejo (Allen-teh-joe): Located in the warmer region of southern Portugal, the wines from the Alentejo region are often fruitier and more full-flavoured in style and can be comparable to a Malbec or Shiraz.

Vinho Verde (Veen-yo Vair-Day): Located in northern Portugal bordering western Spain, Vinho Verde is a slightly effervescent, fairly neutral white wine that is lower in alcohol.