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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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Editor and co-founder of, Pamela is a former restaurant manager, wine buyer, and sommelier 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.

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61 Responses to “Discover Portugal’s Grape Varieties”

  1. Jennifer K says:

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

  2. Pizzagirl says:

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

  3. mnslman says:

    I would love a link to the download, thanks.

  4. Paul M says:

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

  5. Jade says:

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

  6. JaeBordley says:

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

  7. Dan says:

    Sounds interesting, can I get a link?

  8. RichardPF says:

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

  9. David says:

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

  10. Richard says:

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

  11. Matt says:

    Great! The more wine reading material the better!!

  12. Keith says:

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

  13. Bart Vanbrabant says:

    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…

  14. Colleen says:

    Looking forward to learning more! Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. JenniferW says:

    Great information… excited to learn more!

  16. Colin Smith says:

    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.

  17. Yazir says:

    Love it, can’t wait for the ebook!

  18. AF says:

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

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

    • enobytes says:

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

  20. grapevine4wine says:

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

  21. Michael says:

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

  22. Sassodoro says:

    Portugal may have even more indigenous grape varieties than Italy!

    Congrats on your recent Wine Blog Award!

  23. Mercedez Eron says:

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

  24. wendy fuller says:

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

  25. Sonia says:

    Very educational post, many thanks!

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  27. deffas says:

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

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

  29. Colin Smith says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

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