Portugal is probably better known for its port than its wine. However, did you know that Portugal is probably one of the richest viticultural countries in the world with 264 different cultivars of wine. There are a great variety of Portuguese wines and the different regions produce some very different characteristics.
One of the first mistakes foreigners make when coming to Portugal is to believe that they will find their favourite french cultivar (cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, etc) on the shelf here, and while you may find these from time to time most of the wines and cultivars are different.
While wine is produced around the country from small holdings, back yards right up to commeral ventures and co-operatives are very common. But let us take you on a tour of some of Portugal's more well known wine regions.
Coffee is prepared from roasted seeds, commonly called coffee beans. The seeds are actually coffee cherries that grow on trees in over 70 countries around the World. Green (unroasted) coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world
The earliest credible evidence of coffee drinking appears in the middle of the fifteenth century, in the Sufi monasteries of the Yemen in southern Arabia.
From the Muslim world, coffee spread to Italy, then to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia, and to the Americas. Coffee has played an important role in many societies throughout history.
When the Moors invaded Portugal they brought along coffee and the drinking of it here has developed ever since. There are so many different ways of drinking coffee in Portugal that you could be spoilt for choice but you will soon find your favourite.
Here are some of the main wines and liqueurs of Portugal, which are known to most people.
Vihno do Douro and Port are both produced in the Douro wine region. This region is centered around the Douro river in the Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro region. It is sometimes referred to as the Alto Douro (upper Douro), as it is located quite a way upstream from Porto.