Portuguese sparkling wines are not true champagnes. After all, the only one that can be called champagne is produced specifically in the Champagne region in northeastern France. While champagne continues to set the standard for world-class sparkling wine production, Portuguese sparkling wines stand out as an exciting and delightful alternative. We have selected some Portuguese sparkling wines that stand out for their quality, some of which are among the best in the world…
João Portugal Ramos Alvarinho Reserva Natural Brut Sparkling 2016
Sparkling wine with fine and persistent bubbles, elegant and balanced, with a long finish marked by the typical minerality of the grape variety from which it originates. Alvarinhos typically stand out among the best Portuguese sparkling wines in the world.
Bairrada DOC Marquês de Marialva Cuvée Extra Brut 2012
It presents a complex aroma, with citrus notes at first impact. With beautiful toasty elements adding complexity, lively, full-bodied, harmonious with a long finish, this is an elegant sparkling wine, with a touch of class and a lot of vibrancy.
Cabriz White Brut Magnum Sparkling 2017
Sparkling wine with a lemon-yellow color, fine to medium bubbles, very persistent. Citrusy nose, not very complex, noted as having some hints of crystallized fruit. Sweetish to the touch with good freshness and a lively finish.
Quinta do Poço do Lobo Arinto & Chardonnay Brut 2018
Citrus-yellow, with intense aroma and notes of citrus blossoms, honey, toasted bread, pineapple, and peach. The flavor in the mouth is fresh, dry, and well-balanced.
Cartuxa Reserve Brut Sparkling 2014
Markedly elegant and fresh, it has fine bubbles, multiple streams, and a consistent bead. With an exuberant and intense aroma, with interesting toasty and buttery notes, it has an elegant, creamy, voluminous, and very long finish.