Portuguese wines


 

Discovering Portugal in all its wonders and glory cannot be complete without experiencing the flavors of the Portuguese wines. “The older the wine, the better it gets” seems to be the perfect definition for centuries of rich tradition of Portuguese vineyards and wines.Portugal is prosperous in wine regions, each with its own distinctive sorts of grapes and producing process, resulting in more than one hundred types of wines, the most famous being:  Madeira Wines, Vinho Verde, Douro Wines, Dão Wines, Alentejo Wines, Colares Wines, Bucelas Wines, Setúbal Wines, Algarves Wines. White, red, ruby, tablewines or collection wines, revealing a powerful bouquet or a subtle flavor, these magical potions are some of the most yearned for rewards during a long journey to Portugal.

Port Wine

One of the most famous Portuguese wines in the entire world is, without any doubt, the Port Wine. Produced on Douro River vineyards, respecting a very strict regulation that combines up to ten different sorts of grapes, Port wine can be served either red (Tinto) or white, the most sophisticated and expensive type being Vintage Port. Made from the selection of the best grapes of the finest vineyards,Vintage Port can only be found during the best production years. The sweetness of the wine resulted from the mixture of sugar and 20 degrees alcohol, releasing a unique flavor makes Porto a one of a kind wine, the perfect companion on a Portuguese mid summer night.

Madeirawine and Vinho Verde wine

Produced in a unique winemaking process, that implies the wine to be heated at a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit and then being exposed to levels of oxidations, Madeira wine (located in the Madeira Islands) is one of the most long-lasting wines, being able to survive in perfect condition up to 150 years. And this is not all; did you know that left open, a Madeira bottle can remain intact for one year? Incredible, isn’t? This fortified wine, resembling Sherry, has a fruity bouquet, being a perfect appetizer. Different in the making process and the grape sorts but not less famous and appreciated than Madeira, Vinho Verde wine, meaning “Green Wine”, is a fresh and light wine with a natural acidity, that can be enjoyed both red or white. The name of the wine refers to its freshness; Vinho Verde should be consumed young, in its first year of production.

Pico Island wine

You cannot leave Portugal without tasting Pico Island wines, such as Vinho do Pico (Pico Wine) produced in one of Azores’ volcanic islands, recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage. “The Pico Island reflects a unique response to viniculture on a small volcanic island and one that has been evolving since the arrival of the first settlers in the 15th century. The extraordinary beautiful man-made landscape of small, stone walled fields is testimony to generations of small-scale farmers who, in a hostile environment, created a sustainable living and much/prized wine” is one of the reasons for including Pico Island among world heritage.

 

Well, if I managed to raise your curiosity, then you should take into consideration even planning a wine tasting vacation in Portugal, more information being available on winetourportugal.com. After all, every holiday is much more exciting and beautiful while enjoying a glass of wine!

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