Portugal is one of the most renowned producers of wine in the world, a reputation built on tradition - with unique wine such as the fortified wine of Port and Madeira, and exceptional table wines.

Speak Like The Locals While You Sip Portuguese Wines
Speak Like The Locals While You Sip Portuguese Wines

While you are tasting Portugal’s wines you may need to know a few keys words in Portuguese, here are 12 words to help to speak the local lingo.

  1. Adega (pronounced "ah DEH gah"): Cellar
  2. Branco: White
  3. Colheita (pronounced "col YAY tah"): Vintage year
  4. Espumante: Sparkling wine
  5. Garrafeira (pronounced "gar ah FAIR ah"): A reserve aged wine
  6. Maduro: Mature or aged wine (which is most typical, besides vinho verde)
  7. Quinta (pronounced "KEEN ta"): estate (actually translates to "farm")
  8. Reserva: Superior quality wine of a single vintage
  9. Seco: Dry
  10. Tinto: Red
  11. Verde: Green (not referring to the color but meaning "young")
  12. Vinho (pronounced "VEEN yo"): Wine

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