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Describe the climate of Portugal.

The majority of Portugal is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, so most of the country has a Maritime climate.

  • Going inland, the climate becomes drier and hotter which can be mitigated by elevation.


What is the hierarchy of Portuguese wine?

In ascending order:

PGI level

IGP (Indicação Geográfica Protegida), aka Vinho Regional

PDO level

DOP and DOC are both used in Portugal (Denominação de Origen Protegida and Denominação de Origen Controlada)




What does 'casta' refer to in Portugal?

'Casta' means "grape variety" in Portugal. 


What is the most planted red casta in Portugal?



What is the most planted white casta in Portugal?

Maria Gomes


Name the 5 most important DOC of Portugal.

From north to south

  • Vinho Verde DOC
  • Douro DOC
  • Dão DOC
  • Bairrada DOC
  • Alentejo DOC


Where is Vinho Verde located?

Vinho Verde is in the very northwestern corner of Portugal, on the south side of the Minho River across from Galicia.  

The Altantic Ocean is on Vinho Verde's western border.



What is the climate of Vinho Verde?

Vinho Verde's climate is moderate Maritime due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

The region receives high amounts of rainfall througout the year.


Due to the high amount of rainfall in Vinho Verde, what threats to the vines face?

Fungal diseases can be rampant if the vines' canopies are not managed correctly.


What is the classic vineyard trellising system used in Vinho Verde?

The pergola system, also known as enforcado.


In recent years Vinho Verde has started to move into which other trellising system?

Spur-pruned VSP system - this allows for increased air circulation and tractors/mechanization.


What are the local white grape varieties of Vinho Verde?

  • Arinto
  • Loureiro
  • Alvarinho


What is the classic style of wine of Vinho Verde?

Low alcohol, crisp, citrusy white wines - sometimes with a kiss of residual sugar - and almost always with a slight prickle which gives them a snappy, thirst-quenching quality.


What is the most important subregion of Vinho Verde DOC for the production of quality Alvarinho?

What is different about the Alvarinhos here vs. the rest of Vinho Verde?

Monção e Melgaço

Alvarinhos from Monção e Melgaço express riper fruits, fuller body, and higher alcohol compared to the everyday, light-bodied whites of Vinho Verde.



What is the typical abv range of Vinho Verde?

8% - 11.5%


If a wine label reads Vinho Verde Alvarinho, what % must be Alvarinho?



What 2 mountain ranges flank the Douro Valley?

Marão and Montemuro mountain ranges.


Where is Douro DOC located?

The Douro DOC is located approximately 80 km upriver from the city of Porto.

The Douro DOC abuts the border with Spain.


What style of wine is the Douro Valley most famous for?

The production of Port wines.

Related Port questions can be found in the Port deck.


What are the differences between Douro DOC and Porto DOC?

Both are produced within the delimitation of the Douro Valley, however:

  • Douro is the appellation for dry table wines
  • Porto is the appellation for sweet fortified wines


What are the subregions of the Douro Valley?

From west to east:

  • Baixo Corgo
  • Cima Corgo (most Port vineyards here)
  • Douro Superior


Name the 5 leading red grape varieties used for both unfortified and fortified wines in the Douro.

  • Touriga National
  • Touriga Franca
  • Tinta Barroca
  • Tinta Cão
  • Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo)


Which grape variety is considered the highest quality for red wine production in the Douro?

Touriga National


What are the different names of Tempranillo used in Portugal?

Tinta Roriz in Douro

Aragonês in Alentejo



Besides the production of Port and dry red table wine, what other styles of wine are made in Douro DOC?

Still, dry, white wines and some sparkling wine (the latter not as common).

More than 40 white grape varieties are permitted to be grown in Douro.


What is the elevation range in the Dão?

The Dão region is between 200m to 400m in elevation.


Which white grape variety is used for high-quality wines in the Dão?



Name the most important red varieties in the Dão.

  • Touriga Nacional
  • Jaen
  • Tinta Roriz
  • Alfrocheiro


What is the Spanish name of Jaen?



Where is the Bairrada Region located within Portugal and what is its climate?

Bairrada is between the Atlantic Ocean and the Dão.  It has a Maritime climate.


What are the main grape varieties of the Bairrada region?

  • Baga for red wines
  • Bical and Maria Gomes for white wines


Which international red varieties are allowed in Bairrada?

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are allowed to be grown in Bairrada.  They are usually blended with Baga.


What is the largest wine region in Portugal by size?

Alentejano IGP


What varieties are used in the Alentejo region?

White: Arinto, Antão Vaz, Roupeiro

Red: Aragonês, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet


Besides vine production, what other crop is Alentejo known for?

Cork trees, whose scientific name is Quercus suber.

Alentejo is the biggest region of natural cork production in the world.