I’m fascinated by the following facts, presented at the ViniPortugal wine tasting seminar by Evan Goldstein MS.

  • Portugal is the seventh largest exporter to the US
  • Their exports to us are growing at a staggering 34.7 percent in the last year
  • Their red wine exports to the US are up to 126.4 percent in the last three years

Obviously something important is going on, and I thought I’d go to few experts who import Portuguese wines to get their take on what’s afoot.

10 Things You Don’t Know About Portuguese Wine, Huffington Post, by Mary Orlin, on May 5, 2011. (Click in the link for full details):

  1. There is more to Portuguese wine than just port.
  2. A Portuguese dry wine is not port. Even if a traditional Port producer makes a dry wine.
  3. Portuguese wine equals value, value, value. Talk about bang for the buck.
  4. Most grape varietals for wine grown in Portugal are native, and you’ve probably never heard of them. Start learning.
  5. Vinho Verde is a wine region, not a grape varietal [sic].
  6. Port comes only from the Douro region, and the Alto Douro is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  7. Portugal is the 11th largest wine producer in the world.
  8. Portuguese wines carry an authenticity seal.
  9. Quinta on the label means wine estate.
  10. Tinto on a label most likely means that’s a red wine in the bottle.

For more of what the experts are saying about Portuguese wines, I’ve written this story and continue to update it, as I find more wine writers exposing the virtues: Portuguese Wines ~ What the Experts Are Saying ~ An Update.

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