Portuguese Wine

Portugal has undergone something of a wine revolution in the past couple of decades, updating its winemaking technologies, varying its styles and producing yet more spectacular wine. Portugal has long been famous for little more than its fortified wines such as Port and Madeira produced in the Douro region. But it is now attracting a great deal of attention for its new wave of rich, ripe, wines and particularly more reds from the Douro Valley.

At Hennings Wine, we have an excellent range of Portuguese wines to buy in store and online. We also have an exceptional selection of fortified wine from Portugal. You can browse our favourites below, or navigate to the exact region or grape you are looking for.

Douro

The Douro region of northern Portugal is the home of sumptuous and famous Port. It takes its name from the Douro river, which flows east to west from the Spanish border to Oporto, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. Though Douro is best known for its fortified wines, total production here is fairly evenly split between port and wines.

Douro table wines are typically made from the same grape varieties as their esteemed port cousins, but a number of international varieties have also found a home in the valley. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer are among the more common non-native grapes planted here.

Madeira

Madeira is a Portuguese-owned archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, situated south-west of Lisbon. It gives its name to Madeira, which is known as one of the world’s great fortified wines. Both the wine and the island hold unique places in the history of wine.

The original preferred varieties were Verdelho, Sercial, Folgasao, Bual and Malvasia. The wines were often produced as varietals and labeled with the name of their respective grape variety.

Oporto

Oporto or Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city, is the spiritual home of Port wine. Located in northern Portugal, Oporto marks the point at which the Douro river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Oporto has been of great historical importance to the European wine trade since the Anglo-Franco trade wars of the 17th century. During that time the London market developed a taste for the dark, ‘blackstrap’ wines that were shipped out of the city. The old Oporto city centre is also a classified UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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