Country of Blends
No other country has a range of indigenous grape varieties to match Portugal's. This huge palette of different grapes was introduced to Portugal over a long and exciting history of wine-making, traced by archaeologists back to the Bronze Age.
Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, the Germans, French and Spanish all left their wine-making mark here. And centuries of isolation then prevented further exchange with other wine-producing countries such as Spain and France. So Portuguese growers concentrated on the fine flavours to be found in their own grape varieties.
The spectrum of characterful, top-quality grapes is impressive: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Trincadeira, Aragonez, Baga, Castelão, Alvarinho, Arinto, Viosinho and many others, responsible for the incomparable character of Portuguese wines.
While much of the wine world concentrates on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, in Portugal wine-lovers can enjoy a distinctive and impressive array of different flavours.