Portuguese Wine History

Is the result of traditions introduced to the region by ancient civilizations, such as thePhoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, and mostly the Romans.

Portuguese Wine History

Portugal started to export its wines to Rome during the Roman Empire. Modern exports developed with trade to England after the Methuen Treaty in 1703.

From this commerce a wide variety of wines started to be grown in Portugal. And, in 1758, one of the first wine-producing region of the world, the Região Demarcadado Douro was created under the orientation of Marquis of Pombal, in the Douro Valley. Portugal has two wine producing regions protected by UNESCO as World Heritage: the Douro Valley Wine Region (Douro Vinhateiro) and Pico Island Wine Region (Ilha do Pico Vinhateira). Portugal has a large variety of native breeds, producing a very wide variety of different wines with distinctive personality.

Portugal’s Wine Regions and Grape Varieties

For being a relatively small country, Portugal enjoys an immense amount of both geographical and climatic diversity. Situated along the Atlantic ocean and sharing a top to bottom border with Spain, Portugal maintains over twenty distinct DOC wine growing regions. For the majority of consumers there are really only a few wine regions to focus on at this point of the Portuguese table wine story, the Douro and Dao in the north and the Alentejo in Portugal’s southeast corner. Over a half million acres are currently under vine in Portugal and these vines host over 250 different grape varieties. Many of Portugal’s grapes are indigenous to the Iberian peninsula and the majority are not even known by name to local Portuguese fans.

Discover The Best Portugal

The Best Portugal is a company that is motivated to show our visitors that Portugal is a country of small treasures difficult to discover but precisely for that reason have such a good taste when we find them. And then the people… The Portuguese are easy-going and relaxed, and are a result of a rich mixture of cultures and experiences. They are instilled with a permanent love for the sea and the mild climate, and are always ready to have a drink, share a meal or tell a story.

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