Although Portugal has a long and rich winemaking history dating back over 4,000 years, it is now home to some of the world's most excitingly vibrant modern wines.
Alongside centuries of tradition, winemaking in Portugal is going through a veritable revolution as a new generation of vignerons take over their families’ historied estates or start their own independent vinicultural projects.
Across the regions, investments in both vineyards and state-of-the-art winemaking facilities have resulted in the production of wines that are now considered to stand up there with the very best in the world.
The Douro Valley, the world’s oldest demarcated appellation and known for making fortified Port, is a great example of this. The region’s table wines, both white and red, are now reaching dizzying new heights on the world stage.
These are old-world wines but with a thrilling balance of tradition and modernity. The range of terroirs results in a unique spectrum of organoleptic expressions, setting them apart from wines from anywhere else.
Winemakers have harnessed the diverse nature of the country’s 200 identified microclimates and over 250 native grape varieties by constantly innovating and experimenting with new techniques and styles. This has resulted in the production of exciting, contemporary wines that have enormous appeal.
Portugal has so much to offer the discerning wine lover, from the electrifyingly crisp white wines of Vinho Verde in the north to the contemporary red blends of Alentejo to the south, and everything in between. Portuguese wines come in a wide range of styles, from accessible, everyday wines to bottles that are so rich and complex that they belong on the very finest dinner tables.
The new Wines of Portugal combine authenticity, quality, diversity, and great value, providing a wealth of one-of-a-kind experiences.