Portugal is best known for producing Port, a fortified wine made in the Douro Valley. The grapes used to make Port are all quite intense: Tinto Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Cao and Tinta Barroca. This gives the wine its strong colour and capacity to age.
Portugal also make a range of ordinary wines, from the light and slightly sparkling Vinho Verde to the full bodied reds from the Dao. Portuguese winemakers are considered to use quite up-to-date methods and their wines have got steadily more popular over the last few years, especially in the UK. This is in part due to the increase in government funding for Portuguese wine and establishment of ViniPortugal to promote them around the world.
Grapes & Regions
Loureiro, Alvarinho (Vinho Verde)
Port Varieties (Douro)
Toriga Nacional (Dao)
Tinto Roriz (Dao)