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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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    • Origin
    • Alentejano
    • Portugal
    Fresh and aromatic with aromas of peaches, citrus fuits and and suggestion of florality.  Read More
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    • Origin
    • Douro Valley
    • Portugal
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    • Origin
    • Portgual
    Rich aromas of apriocts and peaches. Spicy with a fill vibrant and elegant finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    With this dryer style of Madeira, the palate is very clean tasting with tremendous purity of expression. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Deep amber in colour this wine is rich and smooth with a full flavour that has bags of raisin fruit character and a sweet yet refreshing finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Full bodied but well balanced with sumptuous dark berry and black fruit aromas which intriguingly entwine with smoke and leather on the long, complex ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Bursting with flavours of fresh lime, waxy lemon and honeysuckle. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Ruby in colour displaying a range of red fruit characters and floral notes. An intensive wine showing balance, fine tannins and a persistent finish. Read More
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    • 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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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Dry and rich with vibrant, fresh, tropical fruit which contrasts a textured and creamy aftertaste. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Deep and very rich with aromas of wild berry and some floral notes. There is a suggestion of eucalyptus and some charred wood due to the 24 months the... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Aromas of dried white fruit and some light floral notes. On the palate sultanas, mellowed orange zest and a suggestion of burnt peanut. Luscious with ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Exotic and complexrt with a lush, seductive character. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Redoma 2015 shows a very fresh, delicate and mineral character. It has a complex and intense aroma, marked with good citric and floral notes, recallin... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    With this dryer style of Madeira, the palate is very clean tasting with tremendous purity of expression. Read More
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  1. Often quoted as the standard bearer for this variety in Portugal, Luis Cerdeira is the surest pair of hands south of the Minho with Alvarinho. Fresh, ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Bags of summer fruit character here with raspberries and strawberries in abundance. This is supported by some floral notes and a touch of spice as the... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Almost black in colour with dark cherry fruit, quite like sweet plums, with some wet earth and leafy notes. Quite full bodied with good tannins and a ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    The fragrant nose of violets and layers of rich blackberry fruit on the palate make it irresistible for broaching young, although the wine will age fo... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Rich and dark, almost ink purple with aromas of violets. The palate displays layers of concentrated ripe fruit. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    A wine to hold on to for another 10 years or so. A typical Taylor's style, rich and firm with layer upon layer of dark cassis fruit. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Purple black colour. It is characteristically dense on the nose with and woodland fruit and scents of violet and rose petals. The palate is sinewy wit... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Deep, rich and luscious with herby cassis fruits. Soft and fruity on the palate with a finish of liquorice and chocolate. A classic Vintage Port. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    A subtle, approachable Port which has a full fruity nose with hints of liquorice. A ripe, spicy palate of blackberry and prunes prevails on the finish... Read More
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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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