Cooking Portugal

Cooking Portugal


Wine, a local product that you should taste in Portugal during your vacations. The country has amazing landscapes, where you will be able to relieve your senses. Located in Southwest of Europe, offers unique wines from North to South. In fact the country is divided in wine regions. This is perhaps one of the biggest differences, compared with other wine producers countries, which have specific regions to produce wine.
Wines, Portugal

Grapes are thought to have been grown in Portugal for at least 4000 years. The Phoenicians probably introduced winemaking to the south, and the Romans spread vine cultivation and winemaking further upcountry.

In Portugal, you will find some of the most beautiful and ancient historical monuments, which coexist closely with contemporary architecture. You will find wine cellars from XVII or modern buildings which are prepared to receive you for a delicious wine tasting. Winemakers have nowadays more than just a wine tasting. It is possible to find amazing projects of enotourism in the whole country.

Portugal is divided into 14 wine regions (Portugal, Azores and Madeira Islands). You might find subdivisions in some regions, due to different aspects of the terrain, climate or even grape varieties produced. Alentejo has one third of the country’s wine production and the major part of the wine production and exports.

Portuguese Wine Regions: 

1. Vinho Verde
2. Trás os Montes
3. Porto& Douro
4. Távora & Varosa
5. Bairrada
6. Dão
7. Beira Interior
8. Lisboa
9. Tejo
10. Setúbal
12. Algarve

13. Azores
14. Madeira 

You will find amazing wines in any wine region.

Portugal has more than 250 grape varieties to produce wine. The major grape variety is Touriga Nacional (red) and you will find varieties more common in some wine regions and others. In fact, grape varieties are produced only in one region, for example Encruzado ( white grape ) or even Jampal

Taste Portuguese wines, if possible always with food pairing.

The production of the vineyards is amazing, due to the highest rates. Perhaps for the terroir, amazing Mediterranean climate, and a huge passion and love for the art of winemaking.

1. White Wine
a) Light, refreshing, fruity whites
b) Full-bodied whites
2. Rosé
3. Red Wine
4. Sparkling Wine
5. Port Wine
5.1. Tawny
Nutty-dried-fruit-figgy flavor, amber-colored to brown. You will be able to find under two names which are: Aged tawny (decades mentioned on the label, from 10 to 40 years) or Colheita (mentioning a vintage).

5.2. Ruby
Slightly sweeter and fruitier compared with Tawny. The finer quality of the spirit used combined with modern methodology on the vineyards, warehouses and cellars give a less tannic wine. Ruby Port will age and develop complexity.

5.3. White
You will taste and feel different levels of sweetness. Dry, medium-dry, and Sweet categories.

6. Madeira Wine
Madeira wines are slightly caramelized from wood-aging due to the influence of the heat and they are deliberately oxidized. Has a range from off-dry to very sweet. The main white grape varieties are Terrantez, Boal, Malvasia, Sercial, and Verdelho, while they use red grape Tinta Negra only.

7. Moscatel
Moscatel means Muscat and of course, it is influenced by the grape variety. Turned into sweet, fortified wine especially in the Setúbal Wine region, however, you will find it also in the Douro Wine Region. Most of the Portuguese Moscatel wines are young, fruity. In Setúbal you will find also Moscatel Roxo, which is a different grape.

One of the highlights of a visit the Saint George Castle is the opportunity to walk along the ramparts and enjoy the breathtaking views over Lisbon.