Portugal Is For Winos

Does the term “wino” seem derogatory? Personally, I wear the moniker with pinot noir soaked pride - but perhaps “enthusiast” would suit most people better. Regardless, whether wino, enthusiast or oenophile – Portugal’s wide variety of choice offerings means that there is a region / varietal to suit most everyone’s tastes. Here we touch on just a few of the 14 distinct wine regions of this stunning country to whet your appetite and entice you to visit.

Working from north to south, first we encounter the fresh, lively white wines of Vinho Verde – barely enough alcohol to get you tipsy but bursting with hints of lime and white peach – this region is sure to please those seeking something light and refreshing.

Along the Douro River, the steep, stunning, terraced vineyards found here have been producing world-class wines for centuries—most famous for port, but also more recently recognized for excellent dry whites as well.

Reds from the Dao region are generally full-bodied with flavors of black cherry, earl grey tea, and cocoa, while the tiny region of Colares along the Atlantic Ocean (just outside of Lisbon) is making some truly wonderful wines from the Ramisco grape.

If your tastes run towards Malbec or a luscious Cabernet Sauvignon – the wines of the massive Alentejo region will surely hit the spot. Be careful though, with all the sun found there – these wines pack a much bigger punch.

If you really want to learn all there is to know about Portuguese wine – this excellent article from our friends at Serious Eats will fill in all the blanks - but be sure to connect with local expert wine guides early in the planning process so you can make the most of your trip.

Leave time in your travel schedule to venture outside of the vineyards and wineries and soak up some sun on the beautiful beaches, stroll around gazing at the gorgeous architecture everywhere, and be sure to indulge in the amazing variety of seafood available here. Your liver will enjoy the brief respite! Check out this enticing film of spectacular landscapes and vistas found in charming Portugal, then book your tour guide to see it all up close and personal. Salud!

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