An industry built on the cornerstones of Port, Vinho Verde and Mateus Rose, Portugal has been late coming to the party for cutting-edge modern wine producers. But like all late-commers Portugal has made one hell of an entrance.
Leading Port houses like Niepoort have simmultaneously deconstructed the Port Industry and reinvented themselves, finding the sort of niche that Paul Smith has found in tailoring and Radiohead have in modern music. At the same time the Douro is discovering that its greatest wines do not have to be fortified and small quality obsessed wineries are becoming established accross The Dao and Alentejo regions in particular. It is unlikely that any of these regions are anywhere close to their potential yet - so watch this space!