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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…

Portuguese Wines Infographi

  • Serpentina Reserva DOC Douro White 2017

    £11.00

    £11.00

    This Portuguese white has a deliciously mouth-watering natural acidity and minerality, incredibly fresh and persistent on the palate.
  • Sentada Vinho Tinto 2017

    £9.00

    £9.00

    A blend of Aragonez, Castelao & Cabernet Sauvignon, panegyrizing with aromas of raspberries and blueberries in a seductive and fresh assembly.

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  • Manz Dona Fátima Jampal 2017 Portuguesse White Wine

    Manz Dona Fátima Jampal 2017

    £16.50

    £16.50

    Like Casa Lluch Verdil from over the border in Spain, Dona Fátima is the result of a project to revive a long-lo...
  • 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...
  • 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 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 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...
  • Quinta de la Rosa 'Dourosa Tinto' 2013

    Quinta de la Rosa 'douRosa Tinto' 2016

    £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, ...
  • Sentada 2017

    Sentada Vinho Tinto 2017

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Lisbon is renowned for its communal courtyard meals, where people will, as the African-Portugese say, 'have a sentada...
  • Serpentina Reserva DOC Douro White 2017

    Serpentina Reserva DOC Douro White 2017

    £11.00

    £11.00

    We love Portugal because they don't play by anyone else's rules when it comes to winemaking. The world wants Cabernet...
  • Terras Do Sado 2017

    Terras Do Sado 2017

    £9.00

    £9.00

    It was dear old Margret Thatcher who claimed, "there's no such thing as society." Throughout her 11-year tenure she spe...

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