From North to South, Portugal shows a vast variety
of wines, from the pleasant freshness
of Green wine to Port wine, the most
generous in the World.
Without equal in any other coutry, Portugal chose the classification
of Green and Ripe wines.
importance and caracteristics of the first ones in the north
of the coutry, lead to this classification.
But, with Portugal's admission to EEC, this classification
had to fit in those that are in force in that organization.
there are considered the following kinds of wine:
Dinner wines: all the wines with a source in recommended castes
obeying to certain analytic characteristics.
They may have the geographic provenance indication if the
same can not be confused with any VQPRD. Dinner wines loose
the right to this denomination if they proceed from lots.
VQPRD:"Quality Wine Produced in a Delimited Region".
These are high quality wines, of limited number, obtained
from castes reported in an approved list and which exclusive
source must be grapes produced in a fixed region.
must obey to rules and characteristics such as colour, limpidity,
scent and taste.
VQPRD have to mention this characteristic in the label but
it can be changed to an equivalent as: RD "Delimited
Regional Wines: these are tipycal local wines that don't reach
the VQPRD classification.
Caste Wines: these wines obey to the following conditions:
their caste of administrative unit where the grape-gathering
takes place; the wine must have at least 80% of this caste;
the caste must be decisive in the wine character; the wine
must be designated by a geographic denomination that
can not be confused with a VQPRD.
the oldest RD "Delimited Region" is a Portuguese
one, (Porto- wine Region- 1756) Portugal only recently generalized
the denomination of other quality wine-growing regions.
IPR: Indication of Regulated Provenance"
1988 and 1989 some zones were delimited, when technical studies
concluded they were suitable to produce wines to fit the VQPRD
rank, after a period of transition, but having to satisfy
the dispositions of each zone statutes and fill completely
the requirements of wines in general, and specifically this
each region there's a Viticultural Commission whose ability
is to attribute the categories of VQPRD, Regional Wine and
we'll see the different wine-growing regions and respective
constante development of wine-growing activity shows new products
this report, the lack of some products is not due to any selective
judgement but only the ignorance of it's existance.
A Regional Directory