Portugal

Portugal

The people of Portugal are the second-largest consumers of wine in the world, a fact unsurprising in light of the quality and aplomb of the wine produced there.

Port and Madeira may hog the headlines, but red and white wines of great character and distinction are produced all over the country.

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    Fresh and aromatic with notes of peaches, citrus fruit and refreshing minerality. Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Alentejo
    Fresh and aromatic with notes of peaches, citrus fruit and refreshing minerality. Read More
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    A sucullent balanced red wine wine packed full of ripe forest fruits flavours. Smooth and velety of the palate, with a delighful length on the finish. Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Beira
    A sucullent balanced red wine wine packed full of ripe forest fruits flavours. Smooth and velety of the palate, with a delighful length on the finish. Read More
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    It's ripe and juicy, has a great mix of warming, dark plummy fruit and crunchy red berries, with a little lift of floral violets. There's earthy, almo... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Alentejo
    It's ripe and juicy, has a great mix of warming, dark plummy fruit and crunchy red berries, with a little lift of floral violets. There's earthy, almo... Read More
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    A fine and delicate nose of softripe black fruits, revealing aromas of cherry, ripe plum and cassis. It issimultaneously fresh and silky on the palate... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    A fine and delicate nose of softripe black fruits, revealing aromas of cherry, ripe plum and cassis. It issimultaneously fresh and silky on the palate... Read More
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    A lovely Portuguese red which provides beautifully ripe, dark berry fruit aromas. On the palate there is good acidity, freshness, and bright cherry wi... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    A lovely Portuguese red which provides beautifully ripe, dark berry fruit aromas. On the palate there is good acidity, freshness, and bright cherry wi... Read More
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    A wine of dark colour, resembling ripe cherries, with aromas of red and black fruit with a hint of florality. In the mouth, it reveals the characteris... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro Valley
    A wine of dark colour, resembling ripe cherries, with aromas of red and black fruit with a hint of florality. In the mouth, it reveals the characteris... Read More
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    A zesty dry white made from local grape varieties. Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Vinho Verde
    A zesty dry white made from local grape varieties. Read More
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    Aromas of red fruit, cassis and some floral overtones fill the nose, with a hint of spice. In the mouth, the wine is rich with a medium to full body a... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Tejo
    Aromas of red fruit, cassis and some floral overtones fill the nose, with a hint of spice. In the mouth, the wine is rich with a medium to full body a... Read More
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    A strong summer fruit character with abundance of raspberries and strawberries. This is supported by some floral notes and a touch of spice as the mou... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Tejo
    A strong summer fruit character with abundance of raspberries and strawberries. This is supported by some floral notes and a touch of spice as the mou... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
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    Intense aromas of red berries with some spicy notes coming through the ripe fruit flavours. The palate is smooth with soft tannins supporting generous... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Alentejano
    Intense aromas of red berries with some spicy notes coming through the ripe fruit flavours. The palate is smooth with soft tannins supporting generous... Read More
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    Floral aromas are present throughout with this fresh and vibrant Vinho Verde. There is plenty of citrus fruit, balanced by generous minerality on a de... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    Floral aromas are present throughout with this fresh and vibrant Vinho Verde. There is plenty of citrus fruit, balanced by generous minerality on a de... Read More
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    An excellent and complex 10 Year Old Tawny (Half bottle) with aromas of spices followed by elegant notes of honey, wood and dried fruit. Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    An excellent and complex 10 Year Old Tawny (Half bottle) with aromas of spices followed by elegant notes of honey, wood and dried fruit. Read More
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    This characteristic Kopke displays aromas of wild red berries with notes of black pepper, eucalyptus and violet. All the aromas are well balanced and ... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    This characteristic Kopke displays aromas of wild red berries with notes of black pepper, eucalyptus and violet. All the aromas are well balanced and ... Read More
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    An exquisite 1998 Colheita with aromas of dried fruit on the nose, yet fresh notes of red fruit and cherries dominating the palate. Elegant and comple... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    An exquisite 1998 Colheita with aromas of dried fruit on the nose, yet fresh notes of red fruit and cherries dominating the palate. Elegant and comple... Read More
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    Rich yet surprisingly mellow. This 20 year old tawny from the oldest Port house shows complex aromas of raisin, vanill and a quite pronounced oak infl... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    Rich yet surprisingly mellow. This 20 year old tawny from the oldest Port house shows complex aromas of raisin, vanill and a quite pronounced oak infl... Read More
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    Thish wonderful 30 year old tawny from Kopke has an attractive nose of dried fruits and soft vanilla spice. smooth on the palate with caramel and pean... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    Thish wonderful 30 year old tawny from Kopke has an attractive nose of dried fruits and soft vanilla spice. smooth on the palate with caramel and pean... Read More
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    An exquieite 40 year old tawny from the oldest Port house. Leather, vanilla, sice and apricot on the nose are joined by mocha and some ctrus hints on ... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    An exquieite 40 year old tawny from the oldest Port house. Leather, vanilla, sice and apricot on the nose are joined by mocha and some ctrus hints on ... Read More
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    £104.94 £87.45
    A wine with an intense garnet colour and aromas of black fruit jams, ripe olives, mint and spices. Its structure is distinct, possessing a clear fresh... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    A wine with an intense garnet colour and aromas of black fruit jams, ripe olives, mint and spices. Its structure is distinct, possessing a clear fresh... Read More
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    An exquieite 40 year old tawny from the oldest Port house. Leather, vanilla, sice and apricot on the nose are joined by mocha and some ctrus hints on ... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    An exquieite 40 year old tawny from the oldest Port house. Leather, vanilla, sice and apricot on the nose are joined by mocha and some ctrus hints on ... Read More
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    Aromas of raspberry and cassis fill the nose, with a touch of spice also detectable. The palate is medium to full-bodied with rich fruity character, s... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Dao
    Aromas of raspberry and cassis fill the nose, with a touch of spice also detectable. The palate is medium to full-bodied with rich fruity character, s... Read More
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    A wine with an intense garnet colour and aromas of black fruit jams, ripe olives, mint and spices. Its structure is distinct, possessing a clear fresh... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Alentejo
    A wine with an intense garnet colour and aromas of black fruit jams, ripe olives, mint and spices. Its structure is distinct, possessing a clear fresh... Read More
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  1. This 1985 Port vintage is just starting to come into its drinking window and offers wonderful flavors. Beautiful aromas of fresh plum, spices and woo... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    This 1985 Port vintage is just starting to come into its drinking window and offers wonderful flavors. Beautiful aromas of fresh plum, spices and woo... Read More
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    This Madeira wine comes from the now-rare Boal grape variety, aged 100% in cask by the natural canteiro method. Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    This Madeira wine comes from the now-rare Boal grape variety, aged 100% in cask by the natural canteiro method. Read More
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    £17.69 £14.74
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Portugal is notable for resisting the world-wide trend of adopting international grape varieties and, accordingly, indigenous vines are responsible for almost all of its wines. Some of these vines are superb, but rarely have they travelled successfully abroad, and this makes Portugal a unique place to explore.

History

The history of Portuguese winemaking bears many similarities to that of Spain. The Phoenicians, the Greeks and especially the Romans established it here, a mid-20th century dictator damaged it hugely, and only since entry into the EU in 1986 has it revived. It may have been the British, however, who shaped it the most.

When Napoleon threatened the white cliffs of Dover, he inadvertently popularised Port and Madeira in Britain. Port, in particular, was already known at the Georgian table but when Bordeaux and Burgundy became out-of-bounds in the early 19th century demand for it rocketed. The fortification of these wines, so integral to their essence, was an innovation intended to preserve them at sea on their way over to Britain.

The Classification System

Paradoxically, the Portuguese system of classification is both one of the oldest and one of the newest, certainly in Europe. In 1756 the prime minister drew a line around the Douro to protect the quality of Port, but few further strides were taken until entry into the EU in 1986. At this time a system was drawn up in imitation of France's, but which suffered from all the bureaucratic inflexibility of the Italian attempt. Only time will tell whether the system comes to reliably indicate quality. 

Climate and Conditions

By a wonderful quirk of nature, Portugal has a varied climate working with a topography that frequently makes anything but vines a nuisance to grow. The Atlantic coast is wet, cool and a land of light reds and whites. Inland is particularly known for its reds, and in the high, hot north they can be powerful and impressive. It is here, in the inaccessible, inhospitable Douro, that the grapes for Port are grown.  On the volcanic soils of Madeira, irrigation is necessary except up in the clouds at high altitude.

The Wines of Today

Portugal, with its suite of indigenous grapes, traditional techniques and thirsty inhabitants, and with the exception of Port and Madeira, has always produced wine for itself instead of the world. Yet this is beginning to change, and the good news for the consumer is that the transformation does not involve vast plantings of international vines that have spread elsewhere in the world. Individuality has been preserved, and Portugal is improving and exporting whilst retaining its traditional and inimitable character.

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