We have wines from all the major regions of Portugal, some lesser know regions too, including those from Spain and Germany. You can download maps below, or please click through to the regions pages and you'll find some information about each, along with a list of producers from that region.
Here we use fairly broad, geographical classifications. However, if visit each individual wine page, you'll find their Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) or Geogrphical Indication (PGI) status.
Generally, 2017 was a very hot, dry, early and fast vintage. This goes for most of mainland Europe.
The Douro harvest took everyone by surprise, Niepoort and Vale Meão were 2-3 weeks early for table wines (whites were all done by the end of Aug). Those who didn’t get caught napping and picked at the right time, seem to be happy. The Port vineyards were similar, but there seems to be some excellent quality if picked early enough (another vintage year?).
In the Dão, the 2017 wines were safely in the winery before the devastating fires hit. Dry harvest conditions favoured the reds but, considering the tough year they had, our producers are generally pleased with the high quality of the grapes and resulting wines.
Beira Interior yields were down due to drought and frosts, but quality is encouraging especially for the Mencia-based wines. The altitude here helped to offset some effects of the summer heat.
Western/coastal regions were lesser affected by the heat and dry weather, though harvests were still early, and down on quantity. The quality seems fine though, once again. Due this indigenous variety being at home here, old-vine Baga in Bairrada could be really good. Whites are perhaps a bit more on average, with some varieties faring better than others.
The Minho/Vinho Verde fared well and has turned out some very good wines, although quantities are down again. Soalheiro, Raza and Ameal are all happy.
Further South, the Alentejo has big drought problems. Quantity is way down and everything happened in a short space of time. That said, they still seem to have some good parcels. With wines in tank, barrel, and amphora, it’s looking like an aromatic and balanced year. We’ll wait and see how things go in the cellars.
The same scenario applies to Lisboa, Setubal/Palmela, and the Algarve, but they didn’t suffer from the drought conditions as much as those more inland. Around Lisbon, Castelão looks very promising and the Vital is very good.
Spain is a mixed bag…
Ribera Del Duero was hit by hail, later on, more than anything, but the harvest went smoothly and what remained is very good. Only a slight loss of quantity reported by Velvety Wines. Further South (and west), they’ve had a miserable year. Late frost took out a lot of flowering vines, and 3 or 4 hail storms during the year have severely reduced quantities. Verderrubi in Rueda and Daniel Ramos in the Sierra de Gredos are both only making 30-40% of their normal volumes. They’re being very strict with selection to try and maintain quality.
The Atlantic influence in Txakoli has meant the summer was good. The grapes ripened well and harvest went smoothly. K5 feel the cuvées, so far, have good complexity and balance.
Philipp Kettern reported that his harvest in the Mosel valley was early, but with good quality. As for the rest of Europe, spring frost and summer heat have meant that yields are a touch low. However, good planning and an eye on the weather forecast enabled Philipp (and Daniel Niepoort at FIO) to avoid the odd August rain shower and pick great Riesling. The older vines of the Goldtröpfchen coped best overall.
Our new producer in the Ahr, Marc Josten (of Josten & Klein), again struggled with Spring frosts, which reduced yields a little. Being further north, however, the summer heat was less intense and vintage conditions seemed perfect for Pinot Noir.