Best Portuguese Wines For Gift Giving - Taste Porto

Portuguese wines 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. Portuguese White wines

Portuguese white and red mature wines have different styles depending on their origin, usually the demarcated regions of Douro, Dão, Sado, and Alentejo. Here are the best Portuguese white wines for Gift-Giving (in our humble opinion).

Muxagat Os Xistos Altos (Portuguese white wine)

Region: Douro

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, or as an aperitif.

Best Portuguese Wines For Gift Giving

Pormenor Reserva Branco (Portuguese white wine)

Region: Douro

Pormenor Reserva Branco was vinified with a blend of grapes from the Douro region, with predominance of Rabigato, Malvasia fino and Códega do Larinho. 10 months in used French oak barrels et voilà: our top favorite Portuguese white wine is born!

Best Portuguese Wines For Gift Giving

Nossa Calcário (Portuguese white wine)

Region: Bairrada

The Nossa Calcário wine is a project between Filipa Pato and her husband. They 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 Portuguese white wines. We can confirm that their wish came true!

Best Portuguese Wines For Gift Giving

Textura da Estrela (Portuguese white wine)

Region: Dão

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.

Best Portuguese Wines For Gift Giving

Aphros Loureiro (Portuguese white wine)

Region: 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. Aphros is a white wine produced in the Vinhos Verdes region by the grape variety Loureiro. This Portuguese wine pairs best with fish, grilled or baked, cod with cream, shellfish, sushi, salads, and fruits. Enjoy!

Best Portuguese Wines For Gift Giving

Alvarinho Sobre Lias (Portuguese white wine)

Region: Vinho verde

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.

Best Portuguese Wines For Gift Giving

2. Portuguese 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 (Portuguese sparkling wine)

Region: Douro

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.

Best Portuguese Wines For Gift Giving

Casa de Saima (Portuguese sparkling wine)

Region: Bairrada

A citrine color, a delicate and elegant aroma combined with citrine and floral notes. Whenever you open a bottle of bubbly, magic happens.

Best Portuguese Wines For Gift Giving

3. Portuguese 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 (Portuguese red wine)

Region: Douro

Xisto Ilimitado by Luis Seabra, former winemaker at Nieeport. Bright, focused, fresh and an amazing introduction to the new Douro.

Best Portuguese Wines For Gift Giving

Vadio Bairrada Doc (Portuguese red wine)

Region: Bairrada

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!

Best Portuguese Wines For Gift Giving

Dão Colheita Tinto António Madeira (Portuguese red wine)

Region: Dão

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!

Best Portuguese Wines For Gift Giving

Anselmo Mendes Vinhão Red (Portuguese red wine)

Region: Vinho verde

Intense in color with purple reflection. Excellent as an aperitif wine or a mushroom dish stuffed with bacon or lamprey rice.

Best Portuguese Wines For Gift Giving

4. Portuguese 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

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