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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…

  • Fado White 2017

    £8.50

    £8.50

    A blend of Siria, Arinto and a smattering of Viognier has a beautiful mineral, floral and tropical character.
  • Fado Red 2017

    £8.50

    £8.50

    Fado Red wine has ripe red fruits, plum, liquorice and spice.
  • Fado Selection Alicante Bouschet 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    The Fado Selection Alicante Bouschet has flavours of dark fruits, plums, prunes, spices, chocolate and vanilla along with floral notes.

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  • Fado Red Wine 2017

    Fado Red 2017

    £8.50

    £8.50

    We're sure English cricket fans would resent admitting it but sometimes the occasion calls for an Australian. Times s...
  • Fado Selection Alicante Bouschet 2015

    Fado Selection Alicante Bouschet 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Alicante Bouschet has lived the life of that kid from Into the Wild, just without the upsetting denouement and of cou...
  • Fado White 2017

    Fado White 2017

    £8.50

    £8.50

    Fads come and go in the wine industry. We see it all the time, some hot-shot winemaker senses the wind blowing and ri...
  • FP Branco by Filipa Pato Portuguese Wine 2017

    FP Branco by Filipa Pato 2017

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Luis Pato is one of Portugal's leading winemakers. Comparing him to Darth Vader seems cruel, but the force is very st...
  • 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 bou...
  • Manz Platonico Portuguese Red Wine 2016

    Manz Platónico 2016

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Hand-picked from a blind tasting line-up by the winner of ...
  • Manz Pomar do Espirito Portuguese Red Wine 2015

    Manz Pomar do Espirito 2015

    £16.50

    £16.50

    We all should perhaps take a leaf out of Andre Manz book when it comes to quality over quantity and appreciate the li...
  • Red Wine Monte Das Promessas 2017

    Monte Das Promessas 2017

    £9.00

    £9.00

    From the acclaimed 'Best Young Winemaker of Portugal' and the name behind the success story that is Bons Ventos, come...
  • Muros Antigos Vinho Verde Escolha 2015

    Muros Antigos Vinho Verde Escolha 2016

    £10.75

    £10.75

    Anselmo Mendes is the main man in Vinho Verde. He should just change his name to Vinho Verde. And his nickname could ...
  • Paseo Red Portugal Red Wine

    Paseo Red 2017

    £6.25

    £6.25

    Like the bit in Beetlejuice when the eponymous, messed-up protagonist puts a spell on his visitors, making them sing ...
  • Paseo White 2017 White Wine Lisboa Portugal

    Paseo White 2017

    £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 Albar...
  • Quinta das Setencostas Portugal Wine

    Quinta das Setencostas 2015

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Quinta das Setencostas is the big brother of our astronomically popular Quinta de Bons Ventos and bears a keen family...
  • Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2016 Portugal Wine

    Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2017

    £8.00

    £8.00

    One of the most sought-after white styles of the moment, Portuguese Vinho Verde is a convention in its own right: one...
  • Quinta de Bons Ventos 2013 Portuguese Red Wine Magnum

    Quinta de Bons Ventos - Magnum 2013

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Nothing short of a sensation, this not-so-little red wine has been a success story at Oddbins over the past few years...
  • Quinta de Bons Ventos 2016 Red Wine Portugal

    Quinta de Bons Ventos 2016

    £7.50

    £7.50

    Nothing short of a sensation, this little red wine has been a success story at Oddbins over the past few years, such ...
  • 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, expens...
  • Quinta Dos Roques 2016 Red Wine Portugal

    Quinta dos Roques 2016

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Wine or maths? Not a difficult question, is it? We don't mind some algebra, fractions or long division occasionally, ...

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