[caption id="attachment_5546" align="alignright" width="300"] Terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley[/caption] Portugal has long been known for its fortified wines (Port and Madeira) but thanks to advances in winemaking technology and techniques it has recently become known for its rich, ripe dry table wines, especially from the Douro Valley. The country's many indigenous grape varieties have been a source of confusion for some, but provide a new frontier for adventurous wine consumers. The Tourigas (National, Franca) and Tintas (Cao, Barroca and Roriz) form the basis of both Port and dry table wines from the Douro while Baga and Alicante are the basis for reds in other regions. Alvarinho, Encruzado and many more make interesting aromatic or steely whites.
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