The Portuguese wine cannot be considered one product but a whole range of products. In spite of the small size of the country, its several micro-climates allow the production of wines as light as “Vinho Verde” or as generous as Port wine.
- Fact: Wine consumption in Portugal is one of the highest in the world.
- Explanation: This does not mean that everyone is getting drunk! This statistic is based on the fact that most people drink one glass of wine for lunch and dinner, something that, in moderation, has been proven to be good for the heart.
If you are on the search for a last-minute gift, these are some of the best Portuguese wines for gift giving. Cheers or, as we say in Portuguese, À Nossa!
1. White wines
White and red mature wines have different styles depending on their origin, usually the demarcated regions of the Douro, the Dão, the Sado and Alentejo. Here are the best Portuguese white wines for Gift-Giving (in our humble opinion).
Muxagat Os Xistos Altos
The grapes come from the highest parcels of Rabigato at 500 m (“Os Xistos Altos” means “The Highest Schist’s”) in the Douro Superior. They are harvested manually in September in boxes of 20 kg. This Portuguese wine pairs best with seafood, grilled fresh fish, white meats and as an aperitif.
Pormenor Reserva Branco
Pormenor Reserva Branco was vinified with a blend of grapes from the Douro, with predominance of Rabigato, Malvasia fino and Códega do Larinho. 10 months in used French oak barrels et voilà: one of our favorite Portuguese white wines is born!
The Nossa Calcário wine results from a project between Filipa Pato and her husband, who wished to produce a wine that expressed the full potential of the Óis exception terroir, a Portuguese village recognized since the nineteenth century for the high ability to create amazing white wines. We can confirm that their wish came true!
Textura da Estrela
Textura wines is a new project from Marcelo Araújo and his family. Marcelo chose the Dão region because of the incredible potential of its terroir, nestled against the Serra da Estrela mountains. Explore their most popular wine: Textura da Estrela.
2. White Sparkling Wines
Looking for the best Portuguese sparkling wine to sip? These are proof that champagne isn’t the only bubbly worth toasting to.
Sparkling Wine Vértice
On the high slopes of the Alto Douro, where the breezes blow too cold for the culture of port wine and the granite soils give to the wines an unmistakable and unique aroma, you will find Vértice. It is perfect as an aperitif, during a meal or to accompany a dessert and is best enjoyed at an appropriate temperature of 7-9 °C.
Casa de Saima
A citrine color, a delicate and elegant aroma combined with citrine and floral notes. Whenever you open a bottle of bubbly, magic happens.
3. Red Wines
Made in some of Europe’s most spectacular and unspoiled wine regions, the red wines of Portugal are more than deserving your attention. Here are the best Portuguese red wines for Gift-Giving.
Xisto Ilimitado by Luis Seabra, former winemaker at Nieeport. Bright, focused, fresh and an amazing introduction to the new Douro.
Vadio Bairrada Doc
Vadio is located at the Poutena village in the Bairrada region of Portugal. It is a small family project founded in 2005 by winemaker Luís Patrão. He is on a mission to recover Bairrada’s traditional grape varieties and to produce authentic DOC Bairrada wines. We say: Mission accomplished!
Dão Colheita Tinto António Madeira
When it comes to grapevines, old is gold. António Madeira’s wine is the product of grapevines that are notably old: 50 years old to be precise. Many Dão wine lovers call it “author wine“. Call it whatever you’d like, but do yourself a favor and drink a glass or two!
4. Vinho Verde
“Vinho Verde” comes from the North, specifically the Minho region. It’s a fruity wine easy to drink, great for light meals or hot summer days. Here’s the best Portuguese Vinho Verde For Gift-Giving (in our humble opinion).
Aphros is a white wine produced in the Vinhos Verdes region by the grape variety Loureiro. This wine pairs best with fish, grilled or baked, cod with cream, shellfish, sushi, salads and fruits. Enjoy!
Alvarinho Sobre Lias
Produced by Quinta Edmun do Val, a family winery that creates wines based on the Alvarinho grape variety, one of the most admirable Portuguese grape varieties.
Anselmo Mendes Vinhão Red
Intense in color with purple reflection. Excellent as an aperitif wine or a mushroom dish stuffed with bacon or lamprey rice.
5. Sweet fortified wines
Last but not least, we have generous wines like:
- The world-famous Port wine;
- The Madeira wine (from the Island of Madeira outside the coast of North Africa);
- Or the Moscatel (from Setúbal or Douro region).
These are sweet fortified wines with around 20% of alcohol and full-bodied.
Is it too early to drink port? We think not! Join our Vintage Food Tour and learn more about this amazing beverage.
Where can I order authentic Portuguese wine online?
If you’ve been looking for a place to buy Portuguese wines online, we have some ideas. Head to these online shops and order authentic Portuguese wine (delivered right to your home).
- Wine and spirits orders placed in both Garrafeira Nacional’s shop and online store can be sent to almost any location in the world: www.garrafeiranacional.com
- ONWINE.PT offers a good mix of home delivery options throughout some European countries. Check it out: www.onwine.pt
A toast to a brighter future!
Taste Porto Team