Portugal Wine Guide


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The Portuguese winemaking revolution started in the 2000’s continues apace. At the cutting edge are some brilliant winemakers making both everyday wines of great value and character and also exciting new wines of unprecedented quality for this ancient wine- producing country. The Douro, followed by Alentejo, provides the greatest riches and the Dão renaissance continues but there are exciting wines from nearly all the major regions. A country that long made its fame for fortified wines, is now gathering accolades for its table wines – red particularly but increasingly white wines too. For white wines, which have improved in leaps and bounds, Vinho Verde leads the way with some exceptional varietal Alvarinho and Loureiro wines and, at the highest level, the Douro impresses. There is still much poor wine at lower end but the best wines from leading producers can be tried with confidence. If we are honest, overproduction is still a problem. Portugal’s burgeoning middle classes consume the lion’s share of the best wines and have pushed up prices somewhat but increasing quantities are exported and many new, exciting wines are being introduced every year. Value for money- wise, Portugal still remains the best there is in Western Europe.

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