Portugal is a world of wine unto itself, with over 250 native grape varieties and a winemaking history that stretches back to 2000 BCE. In relative isolation Portugal has developed winemaking traditions that speak to balance between extremes from a country perched between the edge of Europe and the raging Atlantic Ocean.
In recent decades a new generation of young Portuguese winemakers have infused the world of Portuguese wines with fresh vitality, selectively modernizing winemaking and viticultural practices while never losing sight of their ethos and heritage. Through their passion and diligence, a wealth of Portuguese varietals that have persisted in relative obscurity have been brought to international recognition in recent years, demonstrating their capacity for yielding world class wines of elegance, nuance, and complexity. In many cases, the Portuguese winemakers of today have looked backwards in their history for inspiration in creating exceptional wines, reviving winemaking practices whose roots stretch as far back as the Phoenician and Roman empires.