Jul 23 2010

The Best Wines from Portugal

Published by at 9:00 am under Wine of Portugal

tedo-784197The most of people when searching for the new bottle of delicious wine to taste often consider that Portugal can not be the first country in this respect. However, you should know that Portuguese wine making is more outdated than in other countries. Thus since the early 18th century Portugal began to trade its wine all over the world.

There are some popular legends which tell that the first wine of Portugal was produced more than 4000 years ago. Surely the wine making process was absolutely different earlier than it is nowadays, however it’s quite possible that Portuguese have been producing wine beginning with the Phoenicians’ times.

Almost every wine expert is well informed that the best wines made in Portugal usually are Port and Madeira, two the most fortified and desired sorts of wine in the whole world. The diversity of Portuguese wines is really impressive and great.

There are some regions in Portugal, where different sorts of grapes are grown. That’s why wines of Portugal which are of high quality considered as unique ones.

A great part of wines come from Portugal, but many of them still are not popular in some parts of the world, for example, in the USA. But in Europe and especially in England, the Portugal’s best exports are well-known and well used according to different occasions and events.

Now let’s regard the finest sorts of wines from Portugal.

Bairrada Wine

The Regiao Demarcada da Bairrada mostly makes red and white wines, but the most famous wine from that place is a sparkling white wine. This sort of wine is rarely found in Portuguese restaurants.

Dao Wine

The Regiao Demarcada do Dao that is in the north of Portugal makes several very unique wines from several sorts of Portuguese grapes. This type of wine is widely considered as the most delicate table wine made in Portugal.

Alentejo Wine

The Alentejo is the southern region of Portugal. Here wines made from the alentejo sorts of grapes are soft, spicy with a special acidity.  People in Portugal prefer this wine most of all because of its delightful flavour.

Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde is made in the northwestern region of Portugal and does not go through an aging process.  As for the exportation this wine is the second most desired wines of Portugal of course after port.

Colares Sand Wine

In general, this sort of grape is grown in sandy soil near Lisbon, which is quite impossible to do in the city districts. This sand wine is made in white and red sorts and possesses sweet fruity flavor.

Port Wine

As a rule Port wines are fortified and may be found in both red and white sorts. This is one of the best Portuguese kinds of wine which is popular and appreciated by experts all over the world.

Moscatel Wine

One of the oldest wines of Portugal is Moscatel known as Muscat in England. This sort of wine is fortified and has been enjoyed during long centuries.

So it was a little journey around the finest sorts of Portuguese wines. Now you are well informed about the history and the main types of wines from Portugal. We hope you will surely find among Portuguese wines something special that fits your own taste.

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