My Portugal Guide

You could be forgiven for thinking that Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc rule the world.  So what joy that Portugal has a glittering array of over 250 native grape varieties planted across some thirty wine regions, spread from head to toe.

Map reproduced with the kind permission of Wines of Portugal

Map reproduced with the kind permission of Wines of Portugal

What’s more, Portugal has bucked the single varietal trend; its winemakers are highly skilled in the art of blending. Not just grape varieties either; a new generation of winemakers cleverly combine modern and traditional techniques. The result?  A rich kaleidoscope of truly unique flavours, textures and aromas.

So, right now, Portugal is really exciting because winemaking bravado wed to viticultural excellence is unleashing the full potential of these diverse grape varieties and regions. Talented new producers and compelling new wines are emerging all the time; famous old regions which had all but breathed their last are being given a new lease of life. Click here for a summary of the changes I have witnessed over the last decade in a feature I wrote for The Wine Society, one of the UK’s leading purveyors of Portuguese wines.

As a very frequent flier to Portugal, I keep my finger firmly on the pulse. Under this tab (or follow the links below) I’m creating my very own tip to toe, north to south nutshell guides to Portugal’s key wine regions.  Each guide takes a look at the terroir and grape varieties behind the wines and provides you with my tips on top producers.

For details of UK stockists carrying a good range of Portuguese wine and other useful information sources about Portuguese wines click here.

My regional guides

Vinho Verde DOC/Minho VR

Douro/Porto DOC/Duriense VR

Bairrada DOC/Beira Atlântico VR

More nutshell guides to come – watch this space!

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