Portugal is the 8th largest vineyard in the world, with almost 250,000 hectares of vineyard land. Endowed with an oceanic and temperate climate, vines are established in Portugal over a large part of the territory, from Porto to Lisbon, through La Serra da Estrela and as far as the islands of Madeira and the Azores.
Portugal is the 8th largest vineyard in the world, with almost 250,000 hectares of wine-growing land. Endowed with an oceanic and temperate climate, vines are established in Portugal over a large part of the territory, from Porto to Lisbon, through La Serra da Estrela and as far as the islands of Madeira and the Azores. In addition to a great diversity of soils (clay, limestone, shale, granite...), Portugal also has a very rich ampelographic heritage. Between 300 and 400 autochthonous grape varieties have been listed! The most cultivated grape varieties in Portugal are, for the reds, touriga nacional, tinta pinheira, tinta roriz (tempranillo), vinhão; for the whites, loureiro, trajadura, arinto and malvasia.
Among the many production regions in Portugal, we can distinguish 4 main ones:
- the Douro, along the river of the same name, with its terraced vineyards; an appellation area for the "Port" mutated wine in particular.
- the Vino verde and its famous dry, vibrant and sometimes slightly sparkling white wines.
- the Dao, in the centre of the country, with vines planted at altitude offering wines of great finesse.
- the Alentejo, divided into several climates, running along the Tagus from Lisbon to the Spanish border.
The vineyard is shared between a very large number of small properties (less than 1 hectare) and quintas of varying sizes (Winery regrouping vines and other crops). As a guarantee of undeniable quality, the yields per hectare are very controlled in the Portuguese vineyard with an average of 33 hl/ha.
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