Considered as an Old-World wine producing country, Portugal has built a sizeable reputation for itself by pioneering in many different wine innovations, including fortified wines (Port), and fortified muscat wine (Moscatel).
Portugal was originally the creator of the appellation system now used worldwide in other wine producing countries. Originally called Denominação de Origem Controlada (DOC), the system was meant to distinguish superior quality wines from inferior ones. Vinho de Qualidade Produzido em Região Demarcada (VQPRD), is the country’s most prestigious label indicator, often times designating a specific vineyard. Indicação de Proveniência Regulamentada (IPR) indicates wines with more specific regulations that are not in a DOC. Vinho Regional (Regional Wine) claims to originate from a specific region in Portugal, and Vinho de Mesa (Table Wine) only indicates the producer and country of origin.
Some of Portugal’s best wine producing regions include: Douro Valley, Vinho Verde, Alentejo, Madeira, Algarve and Dão, to name a few.