What are the best wines from Portugal? We think we found them...

By Marc Malouf @wineworthwritingabout

The wine history of Portugal dates back thousands of years with a rich viticultural heritage, with signs of winemaking that predates even the arrival of the Romans! Over the centuries, various civilisations, including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, and Moors, have all contributed to shaping Portugal's winemaking practices.

One of the most significant points in Portugal's wine history occurred during the 15th and 16th centuries when Portuguese explorers, such as Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan, established trade routes to Africa, Asia, and the Americas. This allowed Portuguese wines to be sent to distant lands and introduced native Portuguese grape varieties to new territories.

Portugal is renowned for its unique indigenous grape varieties, many of which are not found anywhere else in the world. Among the most famous are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (known as Tempranillo in Spain), and Baga. These grapes are used to produce a wide range of wines, including Port wine, Madeira wine, Vinho Verde and some exceptional red and wine table wines today.

Portugal's wine industry has faced numerous challenges throughout its history, including political upheavals, economic hardships, and phylloxera outbreaks. However, the resilience of Portuguese winemakers and their commitment to preserving traditional winemaking methods have ensured the continued success and global recognition of Portuguese wines.

Today, Portugal is celebrated as one of the world's oldest and most esteemed wine-producing nations. Its incredibly diverse terroirs, ranging from the lush valleys of the Douro to the coastal vineyards of Vinho Verde, offer a wide array of wine styles to delight enthusiasts around the globe. Whether it's the rich and complex Ports, the crisp and refreshing Vinho Verde, or the elegant and aromatic reds from the Alentejo region, Portugal's wines continue to captivate and inspire wine lovers worldwide.

Minerality, energy, tension and complexity...these are the real deal!

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