This is a list of the 100 best Portuguese wines to drink in 2021.

The Hot 100 wine list focuses on pleasure and what is ready to drink NOW. For that reason it mostly includes vibrant whites, young juicy reds and ready-to-drink cellar release reds. This is not a list based on style or price: some are light, some are oaked, some are expensive others many, good value for money. Most wines listed below are made from Portuguese native varieties, often blended. But, as you’ll soon learn, I can’t deny the pleasure of drinking the occasional Atlantic-influenced Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.

Hot 100 Portuguese Wines to drink now

To build this list I’ve checked the notes of all the wines tasted throughout 2020 and ranked them by a combination of score, drinkability, value and wow-factor. This ranking combination is the reason you’ll find high scores also further down the Hot 100 list.

Port is all about pleasure. True for aged tawnies, but now, increasingly, applicable to young Vintage Port. Drinking a small glass of Port after a meal at the end of the day is my not-so-guilty pleasure. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a Tawny, sometimes for a Vintage Port. Both can be left in the fridge topped with a cork – up to 1 month for Tawnies and up to 7 days for young Vintage Port – and enjoyed slowly. Below you’ll find a selection to indulge.

To make it easier for you to spot great value I’ve marked all Hot Under 10€ and Hot Under 20€ wines. The Hot Fortified is for Port, Madeira and Moscatel de Setúbal to drink now. Fine Portugal is for Portuguese Fine Wine.

Hope this is useful. Enjoy!
André Ribeirinho

Wines marked with “a” are available on Adegga.

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12011 Barca-Velha
Red / Douro
High-class, seductive, foresty, intense, pure pleasure. No wonder it’s Portugal’s most reputable red.
Fine Portugal

700€

100

2Kopke 40 Years Old White
White Tawny / Port
Luscious, dried fruits, sophisticated, freshness. White Port is finally getting much deserved attention.
Hot Fortified

81€

96

31963 Graham’s Single Harvest
Tawny / Port
High-class, thriling, luscious, pure pleasure. Proof that a great Vintage Port year (1963) can make stunning Single Harvests
Hot Fortified

375€
a

96

4Kranemann Tawny 20 Years
Tawny / Port
High-class, luscious, thrilling, superb acidity. 20 Year Old Tawnies balance age and youthness. This is one the best.
Hot Fortified

69€
a

96

51975 Cossart Gordon Terrantez
Vintage Madeira / Madeira
Thrilling, racy, spicy, ethereal. Terrantez is Madeira’s most stunning variety and this 1975 shows us why.
Hot Fortified

343€

96

62018 Esporão Private Selection
White / Alentejo
Electric, rich yet fresh, oak aged. One of Portugal’s and Alentejo’s most impressive whites.
Hot Under 20€

19.9€
a

95

72017 Wine & Soul Pintas Character
Red / Douro
Vibrant, elegant, tense, fresh. Old field blends can make stunningly balanced reds. Often overshadowed by top blend ‘Pintas’, this is a hidden gem.

23.4€

94

82018 Poças Vinho da Roga
Red / Douro
Gluglu, juicy, elegant, tense. A steal for the price.
Hot Under 20€

18€

94

9Alambre Moscatel 20 Anos
Fortificado / Moscatel de Setúbal
Luscious, thrilling, intensely aromatic. One of Portugal’s biggest treasures.
Hot Fortified

30€

94

102019 Wine & Soul Guru
White / Douro
Complex, seductive, oaked aged field blend. Top-notch Douro white. Maybe the best Guru ever.

28.9€

95

111970 Taylor’s Single Harvest
Tawny / Port
Sumptuous, ethereal, complex, vibrant. Taylor’s 50 Years Old Single Harvest is consistently amongst the best of the year.
Hot Fortified

300€

96

122016 Quinta Maria Izabel Sublime
Red / Douro
Gluglu, seductive, tense, ethereal. Douro and elegance rarely go together, but Sublime is elegance at its finest.
Fine Portugal

85€
a

95

132009 Casa da Passarella Vindima
Red / Dão
High-class, seductive, sous-bois. This red puts Dão back on the map of the finest Portuguese wines.
Fine Portugal

195€

95

14NV Quinta de Sant’Ana Ramisco
Red / Lisboa
Atlantic-influenced, earthy, vibrant, salty. Age-worthy Ramisco is a treat .
Fine Portugal

50€
a

94

152017 Pormenor Reserva
White / Douro
Classy, creamy, elegant, finely balanced, oak-aged. One of Portugal’s best whites made by a rising star.

26.5€

94

162018 SOU Alvarinho Quinta de Santiago & Mira do Ó
White / Vinho Verde / Monção e Melgaço
Thriling, electric, finely balanced, tense. Just like the two people who make this wine happen.
Fine Portugal

32€

94

172019 António Maçanita Chão dos Ermitas Tinta Carvalha
Red / Alentejo
Juicy, thrilling, elegant, firm, ethereal. Dangerously drinkable Alentejo red.

25€

93

182019 Espera Wines Espera Castelão NatCool
Red / Lisboa
Gluglu, juicy, fresh, intense, Atlantic-influenced. Hot under 20 for 15 euros? How much can I order?
Hot Under 20€

14.9€
a

92

192015 Quinta do Gradil Ganita
Red / Lisboa
High-class, elegant, Atlantic-influenced. Lisboa needs more top-notch reds like this.
Fine Portugal

130€

95

202017 Quinta da Gricha Talhão 8 Touriga Nacional
Red / Douro
Complex, spicy, vibrant, fresh. One of Douro’s best reds.
Fine Portugal

40€
a

94

212018 Quinta do Vesúvio Vintage Port
Vintage Port / Port
Luscious, dried wild herbs, supple, velvety.
Hot Fortified

70€
a

94

222018 Quinta do Convento Reserva White
White / Douro
Sharp, tense, high-high-altitude vineyards, oak-aged.
Hot Under 20€

18€
a

93

232011 Raríssimo Branco
White / Dão
Complex, creamy, vibrant, oak-aged.
Fine Portugal

55€
a

93

242018 Dom Vicente Malvasia Fina
White / Dão
Aromatic, fresh, mineral, finely balanced.
Hot Under 20€

12.9€

92

252019 Kopke Winemaker’s Collection Tinto Cão
Rosé / Douro
Elegant, fresh, floral, silky, ethereal, 100% Tinto Cão.

20€

92

262018 Filipa Pato Post Quer..s Baga
Red / Bairrada
Juicy, pure fruit, vibrant, amphora.
Hot Under 20€

16.4€

92

272019 Márcio Lopes Proibido Clarete
Red / Douro
Gluglu, elegant, juicy, vibrant, fresh.
Hot Under 20€

15€
a

91

282016 AdegaMãe Terroir
White / Lisboa
High-class, vibrant, mouthwatering, oak-aged, Atlantic-influenced.
Fine Portugal

49€
a

94

292018 Ferreira Vintage Port
Vintage / Port
Luscious, ripe, sensual, firm.
Hot Fortified

99€
a

94

302019 Azores Wine Company Terrantez
White / Azores
Thrilling, mineral, salty, volcanic.
Fine Portugal

45€
a

93

312018 Vale dos Ares Alvarinho “Borras Finas”
White / Vinho Verde / Monção e Melgaço
Electric, complex, finely balanced, aged on lees.
Hot Under 20€

15.99€
a

92

322018 Casal das Aires Pinot Noir
Red / Tejo
Gluglu, elegant, juicy, vibrant, fresh.

34€

92

332018 Pirata da Viúva
Red / Colares
Gluglu, juicy, mouth-watering, Atlantic-influenced, Castelão.
Hot Under 20€

16.25€

91

342018 Pico Wines Terrantez do Pico
White / Azores
Thriling, salty, sharp, volcanic.
Fine Portugal

49.9€
a

93

351960 Kopke Colheita
Tawny / Port
Luscious, dried fruits, silky, complex.
Hot Fortified

399€

95

362018 Muxagat Os Xistos Altos
White / Douro
Firm, mouthwatering, oak and egg-aged, high-altitude vineyards.

21€
a

94

371998 António Saramago J.M.S. Moscatel Superior
Fortificado / Moscatel de Setúbal
Luscious, thrilling, intense.
Fine PortugalHot Fortified

59€

94

382015 Casa da Passarella O Oenólogo Vinhas Velhas
Red / Dão
Pure, elegant, classy, red + white 80-yr-old field blend.
Hot Under 20€

18.3€

91

392016 Charme Clarete
Red / Douro
Gluglu, vibrant, fruity, tense.

31.5€

91

401989 Dalva Colheita Golden White Porto
White Tawny / Port
Luscious, thriling, superb acidity.
Hot Fortified

111.9€

94

412014 Periquita Classico
Red / Setúbal
Wonderfully austere, complex, earthy, 100% Castelão/Periquita.

25€

94

422018 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port
Vintage Port / Port
Luscious, rich, exuberant, fresh, firm.
Hot Fortified

78.5€

94

432018 Casa de Vilacetinho Avesso Reserva
Branco / Vinho Verde
Mineral, creamy, fresh, oak-aged.
Hot Under 20€

15€
a

93

442018 Fonseca Guimaraes Vintage Port
Vintage Port / Port
Luscious, seductive, fresh, firm.

50€

93

452019 Quinta de Chocapalha Chardonnay
White / Lisboa
Aromatic, fresh, lees-aged, Atlantic-influenced.
Hot Under 10€

9€

92

462019 Herdade Do Rocim Amphora
Red / Alentejo
Gluglu, salty, elegant, amphora.
Hot Under 20€

14.15€
a

92

472019 Ribeiro Santo Bastardo
Red / Dão
Gluglu, juicy, elegant, tense. A steal for the price.
Hot Under 20€

15€
a

92

482017 Mira do Ó Arinto Reserva
White / Lisboa/Bucelas
Mineral, fresh, salty, tense.
Hot Under 20€

16.5€

92

492018 Taboadella Alfrocheiro
Red / Dão
Seductive, earthy, firm, altitude vinyeards, 100% Alfrocheiro
Hot Under 20€

15€

93

502018 Vinha das Romãs
Red / Alentejo
Juicy, supple, finely balanced, delicious.
Hot Under 20€

14€
a

92

512019 Quinta do Regueiro Primitivo Alvarinho
Branco / Vinho Verde / Monção e Melgaço
Vibrant, mouthwatering, sharp, precise, firm.
Hot Under 20€

15€

93

522015 Herdade do Moinho Antão Vaz
Red / Alentejo
Intense, foresty, complex, firm, finely balanced.

39.9€
a

92

532016 Kopke Winemaker’s Collection Folgazão & Rabigato
White / Douro
Electric, mineral, fresh, oak-aged.

30€

93

542018 Quinta da Pedra Escrita
White / Douro
Vibrant, mineral, altitude vinyeards, oak-aged.
Hot Under 20€

12.9€
a

92

552018 Pombal do Vesúvio
Red / Douro
Spicy, foresty, round yet firm.
Hot Under 20€

15€
a

92

562019 Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho Contacto
White / Vinho Verde / Monção e Melgaço
Vibrant, supple, fresh, finely balanced.
Hot Under 10€

9.99€

92

572019 Alvarinho Soalheiro Granit
White / Vinho Verde / Monção e Melgaço
Thrilling, mineral, Alvarinho.
Hot Under 20€

10.5€

92

582018 Mainova
Red / Alentejo
Gluglu, juicy, firm, tense.
Hot Under 10€

9.95€
a

91

592019 Herdade do Rocim Fresh from Amphora
Red / Alentejo
Gluglu, light, vibrant, fresh, amphora.
Hot Under 20€

12€
a

91

602019 Uivo Renegado Vinhas Velhas
Red / Douro
Gluglu, white and red grapes, old and altitude vines.
Hot Under 10€

9.9€

91

612019 Pequenos Rebentos Atlântico 2019 Tinto
Red / Vinho Verde
Gluglu, vibrant, fruity, firm.
Hot Under 20€

15€
a

91

622016 Niepoort Tinta Amarela
Red / Douro
Bright, juicy, elegant, vibrant, firm.

30€

92

632014 Casa de Sabicos Reserva
Red / Alentejo
Ripe, complex, spicy, finely balanced, firm.
Hot Under 20€

14.5€
a

92

642019 Poças Fora de Série Orange
Orange / Douro
Amber coloured, austere, vibrant, mouthwatering, oak-fermented.
Hot Under 20€

19.5€

91

652017 Monte Bluna Bluníssima
Red / Lisboa
Austere, foresty, leathery, elegant, 100% Aragonez.
Fine Portugal

60€
a

94

662015 Quinta Foz de Arouce Vinhas Velhas
Red / Beira Atlântica
High-class, complex, Baga, spicy, Atlantic-influenced, 100% Baga.
Fine Portugal

45€
a

94

672018 Grande Rocim Reserva Branco
White / Alentejo
Complex, mouthwatering, oak-aged, 100% Arinto.
Fine Portugal

64.5€
a

93

682018 Herdade da Aldeia de Cima Reserva
Red / Alentejo
Complex, spicy, fresh, oak and amphora aged.
Hot Under 20€

15.2€
a

92

692017 Roquette & Cazes
Red / Douro
Sexy, juicy, finely balanced.
Hot Under 20€

19.9€

92

702019 XXVI Talhas Mestre Daniel
Red / Alentejo
Juicy, elegant, made in amphora/talha.
Hot Under 20€

19.9€
a

92

712019 Quinta de Santa Teresa Avesso
White / Vinho Verde
Vibrant, creamy, organic and unfiltered.

10€

91

722019 Quinta de Ventozelo Viosinho
White / Douro
Mineral, vibrant, elegant.
Hot Under 20€

13€

91

732019 Rui Roboredo Madeira Natural Biológico
Red / Beira Interior
Gluglu, fruity, elegant, vibrant, natural.

10€

91

742018 Aveleda Solos de Granito Alvarinho
White / Vinho Verde
Crispy, fruity, mineral, firm.
Hot Under 10€

9.99€
a

91

752017 Quinta do Cotto
Red / Douro
Juicy, finely balanced, elegant, firm.
Hot Under 10€

7.4€

91

762015 Quinta da Costa do Pinhão Gradual
Red / Douro
Fruity, finely balanced, high-altitude vineyards.
Hot Under 20€

11.9€

91

772016 Lés-a-Lés Medieval de Ourém
Red / Lisboa
Gluglu, juicy, vibrant, firm.

22.5€

91

782017 Luis Seabra Granito Cru
White / Vinho Verde / Monção e Melgaço
Vibrant, ripe, rich yet elegant, firm, Alvarinho.
Hot Under 10€

9.5€

91

792018 Planet Mouraz Nina Bio
Rosé / Dão
Gluglu, elegant, fresh, white and red grapes, old vines.
Hot Under 20€

14€

90

80NV Dalva Pure Tawny Reserve
Tawny / Port
Fresh, sexy, delicious.
Hot Under 20€

15€

90

812019 Cedro do Noval
White / Douro
Floral, great volume, fresh.
Hot Under 20€

13.3€

91

822017 Quinta do Pessegueiro Cão Danado
Red / Douro
Wonderfully austere, foresty, unique, firm.
Hot Under 20€

19€

92

832017 Quinta do Pinto Syrah
Red / Lisboa
Finely balanced, spicy, earthy, 5% white grapes.
Fine Portugal

44.85€
a

93

842016 Luis Seabra Castelão MONO-C
Red / Douro
Juicy, round, fresh, oak-aged.

23€

91

852019 Gerações da Talha Farrapo
Red / Alentejo
Vibrant, juicy, amphora/talha.
Hot Under 20€

18€
a

91

862019 Abanico Reserva
White / Dão
Rich texture, finely balanced, oak-aged.
Hot Under 10€

8.49€

90

872018 Esporão Moreto
Red / Alentejo
Juicy, elegant, fresh, amphora.

25€
a

90

88NV Infinitude Pinot Noir e Merlot
Red / Sintra
Vibrant, fresh, foresty, earthy, elegant.
Hot Under 20€

13.5€
a

91

892017 COZs vn-C2 bg
Tinto / Bairrada
Gluglu, juicy, vibrant, foresty, Atlantic-influenced.

28.5€

91

902018 Niepoort Voyeur
Red / Douro
Gluglu, juicy, elegant, amphora.
Hot Under 20€

16.25€

91

912019 Quinta do Ameal Solo Unico
White / Vinho Verde
Vibrant, crispy, fresh, 100% Loureiro.
Hot Under 20€

14.99€
a

91

922018 Quinta do Popa Black Edition
Red / Douro
Juicy, fresh, finely balanced.
Hot Under 20€

14.2€
a

91

932018 Post Scriptum
Red / Douro
Expressive, concentrated, fresh.
Hot Under 20€

14.99€
a

90

942019 Ciste Menina d’Uva
Red / Trás-os-Montes
Gluglu, juicy, elegant, fresh.
Hot Under 20€

18€

90

952016 Dinamite Blanc de Blancs Grand Reserve Brut Sparkling
Sparkling / Bairrada
Creamy, silky, fresh.
Hot Under 20€

16€

90

962019 Pequenos Rebentos Ancestral Pet Nat
Pet Nat / Vinho Verde
Bubbly, fresh, mouthwatering, firm.
Hot Under 20€

15.9€
a

90

972018 Adega Mayor Sangiovese
Red / Alentejo
Bright, juicy, elegant.
Hot Under 20€

15.79€
a

90

982017 Frey Palheto
Red / Douro
Gluglu, white and red grapes, high-altitude vineyards.
Hot Under 20€

19.9€

90

992017 Jardim de Granito Touriga Nacional
Red / Dão
Bright, juicy, foresty, vibrant.
Hot Under 20€

14.75€

90

1002018 Hugo Mendes Vital Lisboa
Branco / Lisboa
Vibrant, sharp, salty, tense, 100% Vital.

20€
a

90

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