Portugal’s wines share the character and charisma of the country by revealing flavorful diversity in every bottle, and here are the seven best wine regions to visit in Portugal during your trip.
With vines rolling across hillsides that are cast in the shadows of fairytale castles, and even rising out of the coastal sands, you can find hints of the idyllic scenery and the spirit of cultural history exuding from the wineries and ultimate flavor.
The following list focuses on our recommendations for the top seven wine regions while providing insight into how the climate affects each varietal and what typical wines to expect when you visit, preparing your palate for Portugal.
The Douro Valley is one of the oldest wine regions in the world and creates a majestic ambiance with vineyards spreading across the steep cliffs plunging into the winding banks of the Douro River. The wild and untamed region can embrace you as a dramatic paradise for wine-lovers, culinary enthusiasts, or every kind of traveler to Portugal due to the immense beauty of the scenery. With authentic character and charm, you can sample traditional wine-making methods, enjoy fine wines, or simply indulge in the ambiance when sampling famous regional wines like port.
The Alentejo region is not just a haven for wine but also a paradise that captures the essential Iberian Peninsula sunlight. The spotless sky helps shape the flavor of the wines nearly as famous as those of the Douro Valley where vintners create rich, smooth, and well-rounded wines across eight sub-regions. As the largest region in Portugal, the delectable wines only add to the surrounding wonders you can uncover, with access to historic towns, wild coastline, fairytale castles, and exceptional regional flavors consisting of Alfrocheiro, Castelao, and Trincadeira grapes.
Not only is Lisbon Portugal’s capital city, it is also a fantastic winegrowing destination with nine sub-regions that capture a particular essence of the country’s character. Many of the wineries in the region have changed with the advancement of technology, coupled with the efforts of oenologists to create high-quality regional favorites. The historic passion for traditional wines persists but now with endless possibilities, including distinctive vines growing from coastal sands providing unique tastes from Arinto and Fernao Pires grapes to Aragonez and Tinta Muida.
The Minho province is home to the famous crips Vinho Verdes, the green wine known for its flirtatious sizz and light body growing along the banks of the Minho River. The Green Wine Trail weaves around the region to visit the various towns and wineries known for producing wines with little patience for the aging process. With blissful sunshine visiting Minho can immerse you in gorgeous estates, ruin-filled gardens, and medieval walls to accompany the refreshing wines.
Bairrada is a blend of local and international varietals for a combination that feels completely unique to the landscape that has shaped the vines and the gastronomy. The cuisine pairs perfectly with the wine for a mouthwatering blend of flavors you can only find around the region sculpted by the mountains, Atlantic beaches, and maritime climate. Whether sparkling or tannic, Bairrada gives rich, dense, and fruity elegance to complex assortments with the likes of local Touriga Nacional or international Syrah.
Dão is not the most famous region in Portugal, but it is one of the oldest wine-growing regions. The vines grown along the higher altitudes create dynamic flavors shaped by the temperate mountain climate. With noble Portuguese varietals, including Touriga Nacional, the queen of grapes, you can bask in the panoramic views while enjoying the inky red and aromatic wines that result in an enticing velvety smoothness.
The Atlantic island of Madeira is actually closer to North Africa than Portugal but exemplifies a tropical paradise with sensational scenery, great weather, and iconic fortified wine. The unique process of making Madeira only adds to the majestic property of the wine that can range from sweet to dry. From the layered flavors of the wine to the volcanic landscape of the island, stunning beaches to exotic fruits, you can find an entirely new ambiance in which to enjoy Portuguese wine.
Portuguese wine connects you to the heart of history, culture, and tradition in a single sip. Local wines can feel like undiscovered masterpieces hidden beneath the charms of antique architecture and delightful coastline. A Portugal travel specialist can customize your trip with experiences tailored to how you wish to explore, from visiting exclusive wineries to enjoying a cooking class with an award-winning chef. You can find helpful information for your trip with our Portugal Travel Guide and speak with a Portugal travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling 1-888-265-9707.