Wines of Portugal
Port, grapevines and the Douro Valley
Portugual is renowned for it's port and wine production and exports from the country date back to Roman times. The Douro Valley and Vinho Verde regions produce popular, unique wines, with the Alentejo and Dão regions producing fruitful flavour wines, suitable for a casual wine drinker.
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 (about 500), producing a very wide variety of different wines with distinctive personality. The Oxford Companion to Wine describes the country as having "a treasure trove of indigenous grape varieties".
With the quality and uniqueness of its wines, the country is a sizable and growing player in wine production, being in the top 10, with 4% of the world market (2003).
The country is considered a traditional wine grower with 8% of its continental land dedicated to vineyards. Only the highest mountain peaks are unable to support viticulture. Portugal produces some of the world's best wines, as reflected in its success in international competitions.
If you are searching for property in Portugal, you will notice that many properties have their own vines growing one of the many varieties found in Portugal.
The Douro River and location of the Douro Valley