Portugal is host to an abundance of wine treasures; it boasts two vineyard regions protected by UNESCO as World Heritage, namely the Douro Valley and Pico Island wine region. There is an abundance of indigenous varieties, a wealth of styles, and a booming cork production industry.
England's and Portugal's consistently cordial relationship has influenced the wines produced in Portugal; wines from the Minho region were exported to England as early as the 12th century. Indeed, Port originated indirectly through the war between England and France in the 17th century and this dispute prompted England to buy wines from Portugal and not France.
Portugal achieves remarkable style diversity given its size (less than 600km long and approximately 200 km wide).This diversity is made possible due to the dramatic variation in temperature, rainfall and the Atlantic influence. The significant wine regions are the Algarve, Alentejo, Bairrada, Bucelas, Colares, Carcavelos, Dão, Minho, Estremadura, Ribatejo, Setúbal, Vinho Verde, Terras do Sado and Trás-os-Montes.
Currently the trend is for wines made from the traditional grape varieties used for Port Production such as Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Tinto Cão. They are stunning wines, full of elegance and expression.