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Portuguese wine

Portuguese wine is one of the premier products which is famous worldwide for its excellent quality and flavor and Portugal is one of the leading exporters of wine today reaping huge dividends from the foreign markets where Portuguese wine is always in great demand. In order to trace the origin of wine cultivation in Portugal one needs to go down the pages of history. In times of antiquity Portugal was subjugated under the Romans as a principality and it is interesting to point out here that one of the most prominent among the Roman deities was the formidable Bacchus who was worshipped as the god of wine and merriment. Moreover many historians and scholars have also pointed out that in was in 2000 BC that the Tartessians had for the first time lay the foundation fro wine cultivation by building vineyards near the Tagus river valley. But there are also several evidences to state that in the 10th century BC the Phoenicians had sown the seeds of wine cultivation by creating vineyards in these areas. But it was in the 7th century BC that the art of wine cultivation enhanced under the patronage of the Greeks.

Portuguese wine

Portugal produces not one but multiple varieties of wines and the kind of wine is dependent on the nature of the grapes or 'castas' and there are different varieties of grapes or castas as well like white castas, red castas, generous castas and liqueurous castas. The most superior quality wine in the world can be obtained from the Douro valley region of Portugal which has the unique designation of possessing the ancient most appellation system in the world and has also been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The different varieties of wine are often named after their places of origin in Portugal like the Port wine, Madeira wine, Moscatel wines, Vinhos Verdes, Dao wines, Bairrada wines, Alentejo wines, Douro wine etc.