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Introduction to Portuguese wines

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Clara Campos

Portuguese wines are much appreciated for all wine lovers and wine buyers who visit us. Besides nowadays arouse more and more interest abroad.

Portuguese wines are much appreciated for all who visit us and arouse more and more interest abroad. In fact wine lovers and buyers recognize Portuguese wines class quality and their uniqueness as our nectars differ from all other wines in the world.

The Portuguese wines distinctive traces result not only from our amazing climate and the quality of our soils, both suitable for the wine production, but most of all from our own grape varieties or castas, full of personality.

The large variety of Portuguese grape breeds leads to the distinctive wines found in the different Portuguese regions, from North to South and the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores. In fact, some grape varieties are endorsed in the Demarcated regions.

From our many different grape breeds, the castas Alvarinho, Arinto, Fernão Pires and Loureiro (among whites), Alfrocheiro, Castelão, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira (among the reds) single out.

Portuguese wines demarcated regions

Most of the Portuguese wines result from a blend of different grape varieties or castas and some grape varieties are endorsed in the Demarcated regions. The high quality of the raw material combined with the expertise of our wine producers give rise to several wines, including the following table wines:

  • Vinho Verde: a very refreshing, light and aromatic wine that does not reach high doses of sugar, thus not requiring an aging process; It has a sub-variety named Vinho Alvarinho that by law it can only be produced in Monção, a small area of the Minho region, up north;
  • Douro wine: this region, that offers us the exquisite Port wine, produces high quality table wines. The whites are lean and mineral and the reds are strongly structured and dense;
  • Dão wine: produced in the area between the Mondego and Dão Rivers the Dão wines balance elegance and freshness, mainly due to the temperate climate and the mountains that protect the grapes from maritime and continental influences;
  • Bairrada wine: produced in the wine region Bairrada that got its name from the word “barros” (clay) due to the clayey nature of the region soils. Even though the area produces table wines, it is more famed by its sparkling natural wine, which quality is due to the type of soil and the vines high exposition to the sun;
  • Alentejo wine: the warm and generous traces of the Alentejo wines come mostly from the fact that the vast vineyards extending over the golden plains are exposed to the sun almost every day of the year;
  • Rose wine: Portuguese rose wines are famed around the world for its freshness, lightness and sweetness. Besides the northern region, the Alentejo and the Algarve also produce high quality rose wines.

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