Three Reasons why Portugal should be a go to!
Posted on June 12 2020
Here at the Good Wine Shop we’ve always loved Portugese wine, but it never hurts to remind everyone what’s so great about this underrated wine producing country. Here are three reasons why you must explore their wines:Value
Portuguese wines represent brilliant value for money. At all price points, the price-quality ratio is hard to beat. In the past, the table wines of Portugal were an afterthought made from grapes that didn’t make it into Port and could at times be rustic. Today, this is no longer the case with some of the most complex and intriguing wines being produced. However, as always reputation lags behind reality, which is good news for those of us who like under-priced, interesting wines!
Interesting Grape Varieties
Portugal has stubbornly resisted the influx of so-called ‘International’ grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay much more effectively than many other countries. Every region has its own unique set of grapes and style that are rarely found outside the region, let alone outside Portugal! This gives rise to a diverse set of flavours and aromas that aren’t quite like anything made elsewhere. Whether it’s the fragrant notes of violet in the brooding Touriga Nacional, the smoky tobacco character of Baga, or the nutty, lemony Encruzado, there’s always something new to discover.
The Wines Are Better Than Ever
Having suffered through the tough years of the 1970s, when it was both difficult and unrewarding to make table wine, Portugal has entered a new era where standards of wine making are extremely high and modern equipment is common in the winery. Wine makers are more likely than ever to preserve the unique character of their grape varieties and create wines of balance and personality true to their region. In a market where fortified wines such as Port are no longer as popular as they once were, table wines are playing an increasingly important role in producers’ portfolios and grapes are being specifically cultivated for their suitability for these wines.
If you're still not convinced, please give it a chance when you're next wondering what to pick. You won't be disappointed!