Discover Portugal’s Grape Varieties

Discover Portugal’s Grape Varieties

When it comes to learning about grape varieties, it is hard to find an educational tool that kicks butt. Sure, there are many great books to get the job done, but sometimes adding a web interface and some audio can take it from dreary to delightful. Take the Wines of Portugal site. They have a slick page to learn about native grapes you’ve probably never heard of before and they make learning fun.

Have you ever heard of grapes such as Bical, Malvasia Fina, Alfrocheiro, and Rufete? Me neither! That’s why you should head to the grape varieties page where they creatively describe each grape with just enough information to keep it interesting—not too geeky and not to novice and each grape has an audio clip so you know how to pronounce each grape like a pro! They also have a great section covering Ports and a really cool page covering the history of Portugal wines.

Now if you want to learn about other wine regions and grapes, I have a few awesome wine book recommendations every wine aficionado should invest in; staple books you can’t live without:

…want to learn more about wine? How about a free copy of the Wine Encyclopedia!

Everyone that hits us up with comment below by July 30th will receive a link to download the book!

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About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of Enobytes.com, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.

61 Comments

  1. Jennifer K July 27, 2011 at 1:01 AM - Reply

    Subscribed and commenting! Can’t wait to download the book!

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 8:40 AM - Reply

      Thanks Jennifer, I just sent you the link to the info! Cheers!

  2. Pizzagirl July 27, 2011 at 9:16 AM - Reply

    Woah, there. My husband said the exact same thing the other day!! Looking for a link to that ebook, thanks!

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 8:41 AM - Reply

      Just sent it to you, enjoy the ebook!

  3. mnslman July 27, 2011 at 10:32 PM - Reply

    I would love a link to the download, thanks.

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 8:42 AM - Reply

      I just sent you the link, enjoy!!

      • Caro August 9, 2011 at 1:26 PM - Reply

        Hey, killer job on this post you guys!

        • enobytes August 9, 2011 at 6:39 PM - Reply

          Cheers Caro, appreciate the kudos and glad you found the post useful…

  4. Paul M July 28, 2011 at 8:48 AM - Reply

    Loved our trip to Portugal. Thanks for the book offer.

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 10:45 PM - Reply

      I just sent you the link, enjoy Paul!

  5. Jade July 28, 2011 at 8:50 AM - Reply

    Fantasitic! This will be perfect for my tour of the Douro and Northern Portugal this September

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 10:45 PM - Reply

      Jade, I just sent you the link, enjoy!!

  6. JaeBordley July 28, 2011 at 8:50 AM - Reply

    Free Wine Encyclopedia eBook is a very cool and very useful offer. Thank you in advance!

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 10:46 PM - Reply

      I just sent you the link, enjoy it!

  7. Dan July 28, 2011 at 8:52 AM - Reply

    Sounds interesting, can I get a link?

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 10:46 PM - Reply

      Certainly! I just sent you the link…

  8. RichardPF July 28, 2011 at 8:54 AM - Reply

    I would like a copy of the book too, thanks.

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 10:47 PM - Reply

      No problem, I just sent you the link!

  9. David July 28, 2011 at 8:54 AM - Reply

    Thanks, this is one region I am not familiar with, but very interested in!

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 10:49 PM - Reply

      Hi David, I just sent the link, enjoy!!

  10. Richard July 28, 2011 at 9:13 AM - Reply

    Looks interesting! Can’t wait to read a copy!

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 10:49 PM - Reply

      You got it, just sent you a link!

  11. Matt July 28, 2011 at 9:37 AM - Reply

    Great! The more wine reading material the better!!

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 10:51 PM - Reply

      Just sent you the link, enjoy!!

  12. Keith July 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM - Reply

    A great way for people to step outside of their (wine) comfort zone and learn more about the unfamiliar! Thank you!

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 10:52 PM - Reply

      Exactly! I just sent you a link, enjoy the reading!

  13. Bart Vanbrabant July 28, 2011 at 10:11 AM - Reply

    I’m just back from a one month trip through france. Cote de nuits/beaune, macon, beaujolais, south rhone and languedoc-roussillon. Tasted some marvelous things, learned a lot but also felt there is still so much to discover – so a link to download the book would be highly appreciated…
    cheers,
    Bart

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 10:54 PM - Reply

      Sounds like a great trip Bart! I just sent you a link!

  14. Colleen July 28, 2011 at 11:07 AM - Reply

    Looking forward to learning more! Thanks for the opportunity!

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 10:55 PM - Reply

      I just sent the link, happy reading Colleen!

  15. JenniferW July 28, 2011 at 11:22 AM - Reply

    Great information… excited to learn more!

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 10:56 PM - Reply

      Great! I just sent you a link to the ebook! Happy reading!

  16. Colin Smith July 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM - Reply

    Glad to see you are helping out to raise the profile of Portuguese wines and their indigenous grape varieties. Their wines are under appreciated and great value.

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 10:58 PM - Reply

      Totally agree Colin! By the way, I just sent you a link to the ebook, happy reading.

  17. Yazir July 28, 2011 at 12:51 PM - Reply

    Love it, can’t wait for the ebook!

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 10:58 PM - Reply

      I just sent you the link Yazir!

    • Flossy August 9, 2011 at 4:07 PM - Reply

      Well done article. I’ll make sure to use it wisely.

      • enobytes August 9, 2011 at 6:39 PM - Reply

        Cheers Flossy…

  18. AF July 28, 2011 at 10:51 PM - Reply

    Always a pleasure to learn more about the wonderful world of wine! Waiting for that link, thanks!

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 11:01 PM - Reply

      I just sent you the link, cheers and happy reading!

  19. Chicago Pinot July 28, 2011 at 10:56 PM - Reply

    Great advice, Pamela! Portugal wines are also pretty affordable, at least here in the states!

    • enobytes July 28, 2011 at 11:01 PM - Reply

      Thanks, and great comment about the affordability :) Enjoy the read, I just sent a link to download the ebook!

  20. grapevine4wine July 29, 2011 at 6:07 AM - Reply

    LOVE Portuguese wines!! They have so much more to offer than just Port. Hope to start seeing more in wine shops soon.

    • enobytes July 29, 2011 at 7:36 AM - Reply

      Totally agree grapevine! I just sent you a link to the ebook, hope you enjoy the read!

  21. Michael July 29, 2011 at 10:06 AM - Reply

    Have loved Portugese wines since my first visit there in 1967. Would love the link.

  22. Sassodoro July 30, 2011 at 12:55 PM - Reply

    Portugal may have even more indigenous grape varieties than Italy!

    Congrats on your recent Wine Blog Award!

    • enobytes July 30, 2011 at 8:12 PM - Reply

      Agreed and thanks Sassodoro!

  23. Mercedez Eron August 3, 2011 at 1:12 AM - Reply

    Great review! You actually covered some great things in your post. :)

  24. wendy fuller August 4, 2011 at 6:43 AM - Reply

    Looks like I’m a day late and a dollar short but I’ll still enjoy the Portugal site, thanks!

    • windelhas August 9, 2011 at 12:29 PM - Reply

      This is way more helpful than anything else I’ve looked at, thanks!

      • enobytes August 9, 2011 at 6:41 PM - Reply

        Glad it was useful and thanks!

  25. Sonia August 5, 2011 at 7:26 AM - Reply

    Very educational post, many thanks!

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    Hello, I accidentaly found your blog!I am trying to get ideas for proper writting style for my own website and what you write definitely gave me some ideas. You have a cool website so keep up the good work!

  27. deffas August 18, 2011 at 9:32 AM - Reply

    I love Portugal wine! Thanks for the link to the site, I love it!

  28. George Wroblewski October 18, 2011 at 8:25 AM - Reply

    Love the wines of Portugal but it is very difficult to sell them in the UK.

    • enobytes October 18, 2011 at 8:44 PM - Reply

      Why do you think that is? I would love to hear your thoughts… Pamela

  29. Colin Smith October 19, 2011 at 1:37 AM - Reply

    As a UK wine blogger and consumer I think there are a number of reasons:

    1. most wine is bought in supermarkets. They push the usual suspects – Italian pinot grigio, Australian shiraz etc etc
    2. Portugal is a bit of an unknown to many consumers. They may have been to the Algarve but probably drank beer instead whereas everyone has been to France and associates France with a wine drinking culture
    3. Portuguese grape varieties are a bit of minefield (even for those of us with the WSET Diploma!) so its easier to buy something you know such as chardonnay or cabernet.

    It’s a real shame as the enjoyment of Portugal for me is the diversity, quality and value of its wines.

    • enobytes October 19, 2011 at 7:37 PM - Reply

      Totally agreed on all points…its an educational opportunity to say the least. Appreciate you diving in to the details! Thanks Colin ~Pamela

  30. patrick Houghton June 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM - Reply

    is the book avail, still to download?? thanks great site

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