The best Portuguese wine styles for your wedding

A wedding without wine is like a car with four flat tyres. It might look nice but it’s not going anywhere fun. And here in Portugal, we’re lucky enough to be blessed with some of the world’s best.

The best Portuguese wine styles for your wedding

To help you choose, here’s a list of some of the finest varieties of wine you can offer your guests.

Vinho Verde

Vinho verde, or ‘green wine’ comes from a tiny region in the northwest of the country. It’s cooler and wetter, creating grapes with a fresh taste and a little hint of fizz. They’re also low in alcohol and very refreshing, so they’re perfect for serving during hot afternoons.

Douro reds

The beautiful and fertile Douro valley is famed for its Touriga Nacional, a rich red that creates dark and mysterious wines. They also do good blends, with spicy and fruity flavours ideal for serving with big, hearty dishes.

The best Portuguese wine styles for your wedding image by Mat's Eye

Alentejo whites

Big and rich, Alentejo whites come from the huge and sparsely populated region to the south of Lisbon. Expect tropical flavours with pineapple and peach jumping out. Chill, serve and watch your guests enjoy.

The best Portuguese wine styles for your wedding

Dao reds

These high elevation vineyards give wines with delicate flavours. They come from the Dao region in the northern central part of Portugal. Refreshing reds that add a light touch to heavier meals.

Madeira

Thomas Jefferson toasted the signing of the Declaration of Independence with an nice glass of Madeira. And if it’s good enough for him… These sweet and sultry wines go down very well after dinner.

Port

How can you leave it out? The drink that’s synonymous with Portugal, port is perhaps more varied than more people realise. Enjoy crisp and dry whites or heavy, sweet and rich reds. It’s a must at any Portuguese wedding.

The best Portuguese wine styles for your wedding image by Julian Beckton

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