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Portuguese Wines

We were delighted that Wines of Portugal recognised our love affair with Portuguese wine, when they named us Best Independent Chain earlier this year.

We take no small interest in Portugal and are pretty damn excited as we believe that, like fans crammed into The Cavern Club to hear The Beatles or the first person to put sea salt in caramel, we are about to watch something explode in a big way.

Why so? Portuguese vintners have been quietly working away at what they do best – wine made from unique, local grape varieties that tastes unlike pretty much anything else on the market – for a long time. Which is wonderful, as they have really honed the art over the last 4,000-odd years. Lately, we’ve seen more exciting producers pop up than we’ve had hot meals, and we’ve been adding our favourites to our ever-expanding Portuguese range.

We are glad to say that we think there’ll be a lot more people banging the drum for Portugal now, as it has invested heavily in its wine export industry. Producers used to concentrate on exporting Port, keeping their wine for their home market, but they are now on an export drive.

They are jazzing up their labels; including more product information; there is even talk of anglicising grape names; and this year’s Portuguese Wine Fair was veritably buzzing.

But enough PR: let’s get down to the wine. Its closest equivalent, by way of a reference point, would be Spain or Italy. It has the rustic qualities of the former, with the food-friendliness of the latter. Word on the street is that Vinho Verde is reinventing itself and you can now find some seriously, er, serious wines from this northern Portuguese region. Ana, our Buyer, reckons the more southerly Alentejo is the region-to-watch for top value. You heard it here first…

  • Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2016

    £7.75

    £7.75

    One of the most sought-after white styles of the moment, the Vinho Verde is floral and spritzy white with citrus flavours and a long finish.
  • Monte Das Promessas 2014

    Now £7.50

    Was £8.50

    £7.50

    A fruity, elegant and well balanced wine from the producers of our best selling Quinta Bon Ventos.
    An absolute bargain at only £8.50

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  1. Cigarra Rosé Wine Portugal

    Cigarra Rosé 2016

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Casa Santos Lima seem to have the Midas touch. We have half a mind to take all our jewellery over there and see if they can turn it all a shimmering gold. This is why we are stocking as many of their wines as possible, including the best-selling Quinta de Bons Ventos.

    This rosé wine has a beguiling, deep pink hue that, on the palate, reveals intense aromas of strawberries and raspberries, with excellent structure and balanced, refreshing acidity. All for £7.

  2. Manz Penedo Do Lexim 2015

    Manz Penedo Do Lexim 2015

    £9.00

    £9.00

    The myth of Sisyphus is well known. A man punished by the gods for his deceit, doomed to spend his days pushing a boulder up a steep hill, only to watch it roll back down each time he got it to the top. What's less well known, the Greeks being fairly free with other people's stories, is that the original Sisyphus was Portuguese.

    It is said that the huge limestone rock in the centre of the Mansz vineyards is the very boulder, serving as constant reminder to those making this delicate, complex red that perseverance is key. Each morning, workers embrace the stone with such gratitude and vigour they encrust themselves with limestone dust; and so, from their thankful hands, a compelling minerality is transferred to the wine.

  3. Red Wine Monte Das Promessas 2014

    Monte Das Promessas 2014

    Now £7.50

    Was £8.50

    £7.50

    From the acclaimed 'Best Young Winemaker of Portugal' and the name behind the success story that is Bons Ventos, comes Monte das Promessas, an extremely fruity wine, with elegant structure and a well-balanced and long aftertaste. Take a sip, smack your lips, gaze into its deep violet colour and breathe in the ripe berry fruit and floral notes, whilst humming along to the famous 'Ten Green Bottles'. We'll give you a starting point. Santos Lima wines are capable of producing the equivalent to 14 million bottles in their 400ha of vineyards...

    Ahem, 'there were 14 million bottles sitting on the wall...'

  4. Paseo White 2015 White Wine Lisboa Portugal

    Paseo White 2015

    £6.25

    £6.25

    Paseo White Wine, we would be so bold as to venture, lies midway between the flavour profile of Vinho Verde and Albarino and we think it has the best of both, as a bread manufacturer once said. It has the fresh, breezy, lemony charm of Vinho Verde in northern Portugal and elements of the tangy, tropical flavours of Albariño, from over the border and up the Spanish coast in Rías Baixas. However, this wine has a lower price than the average rate for Vinho Verde and Albariño - it's win win, basically.

  5. Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2016 Portugal Wine

    Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2016

    £7.75

    £7.75

    One of the most sought-after white styles of the moment, Portuguese Vinho Verde is a convention in its own right: one of those wines whose intrinsic quality offers that special something that certain white lovers want but can't describe. Its particular character comes from a faint twinkling almost spritz on the tip of the tongue and at just 11.5% this will slip down like a dream. Pale, dry and clean with only an ounce of delicate flavour.

  6. Quinta de Bons Ventos Red Wine Portugal

    Quinta de Bons Ventos 2015

    £7.25

    £7.25

    Nothing short of a sensation, this little red wine has been a success story at Oddbins over the past few years, such is its astonishing quality when price is considered.

    A Portuguese blend of four red varieties, this is ripe and warm with juicy flavours and is amazingly food friendly. It's usually almost impossible to find this much character and pizazz in a wine at this price but this red is truly the real deal.

  7. Quinta de la Rosa 'douRosa Branco' 2015 Vegetarian White Wine

    Quinta de la Rosa 'douRosa Branco' 2015

    £12.50

    £12.50

    The line between genius and insanity is a fluid one. Look at Lord Byron, we all love a bit of Don Juan; some cracking poetry there son, then again Byron took a bear to Cambridge with him and tried to get said bear a fellowship... Eccentric! Many suggested it was insane to try to make high quality still whites in the Douro region. "It's hot enough to bake Port, one of the most resilient wines in the world, what chance does Rabigato have?" That's where the genius of Quinta de la Rosa comes in; they were one of the first producers to take still wine production in the Douro really seriously. With fresh citrus aromas and a delicate minerality on the finish, Quinta del la Rosa are clearly more of the Don Juan type of Byron opposed to the bear for a bunk-mate Byron.

  8. Quinta de la Rosa 'Dourosa Tinto' 2013

    Quinta de la Rosa 'douRosa Tinto' 2015

    £13.75

    £13.75

    It was an ordinary enough Sunday service in Oporto, with the usual stuff - christenings, BMWs in the car park, expensive gifts for the little treasures' 18th - vintage Champagne for Anna, tattoo removal cream for sweet little Damien and... hello, what have we got here... a whole vineyard for baby Claire Feuerheerd! Well, hang on to that one, love, even if the family flogs everything else.

    Because one day Portugal will join the EU. Then your son can start making table wine on your land, and your granddaughter can run the winery for him. And in turn, she'll explore the potential of the Douro region while making beautifully balanced, cherry, cedar and cassis-driven lovelies like this. Beats premium bonds don't it!

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