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January 2006
Portugal Takes on Table Wine
Table wines from Portugal's Douro Valley mirror top Port flavors and structure, and are selling very well in many international markets.
by Lisa Shara Hall
When most folks talk about the strength of vineyards lining the Duero River, they are referring to the wonderful Tempranillo-based wines from the Ribera del Duero in Spain, just north of Madrid. But the Duero River continues across the Spanish border with Portugal, where it's spelled the "Douro" River, which empties into the Atlantic, near Oporto. On these steeply terraced banks, of which 16,327 acres are planted to vineyards, Port grapes have been grown and produced into fortified wine for ce...
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