Portugal is a land of contrasts being very narrow and occupying a mere seventh of the Iberian Peninsula, but few countries of its size can lay claim to as many different styles of wine. From a glass of dark, spicy port to a light, slightly sparkling Vinho Verde, no two wines are less alike.
Portugal's great strength has been to concentrate on its wealth of indigenous grape varieties rather than competing with the rest of the world in, say, Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon.
Portugal is renowned for producing unrivalled fortified wine, or port, and Touriga Nacional is the most important red grape. It is the prime constituent of vintage Port as well as producing excellent table wines.
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