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Sep 27, 2015

Portugal has a rich winemaking tradition, a long history with wine, and lots of great wine regions. With a ton of indigenous grapes and a variety of climates across regions, it's a fascinating wine powerhouse and it's on the rise! 

  • We discuss the 4000 year history of winemaking in Portugal
  • We talk about the challenges Portugal has had in recent decades and how its winemaking is getting back on track
  • We talk grapes and how most of them are native to Portugal
  • We discuss the classification system: Vinho de Mesa, Vinho Regional, Indicação de Proveniência Regulamenta (IPR), Denominação de Origem Controlada
  • And then we hit the regions:
    • Vinho Verde
    • Tras Os Montes
    • Douro
    • Dão
    • Bairrada
    • Beira
    • Do Tejo
    • Alentejo
    • Lisboa
    • Península de Setúbal
    • Algarve
    • Madeira

 

Portugal is a fascinating place. It's a lot to digest because the grapes, region, and language are unfamiliar to many of us but the wine is worth seeking out. It's only getting better!