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Has The Time Come For Portuguese Wines in San Francisco (CA)?

by MiBD wine analytics July 18, 2019

Has The Time Come For Portuguese Wines in San Francisco (CA)?

Portuguese wines in the USA

If you don't put the grape variety on the label in the US you can't sell the wine, and it needs to be a well-known grape

The excitement surrounding Portuguese wines started first within the sommelier community. This generation of wine professionals is creating innovative wine lists and portfolios that are compelling to their peers. They understand this demographic’s desire for new and exciting flavor profiles and unexplored regions.

Portuguese wines do use some standard issue grapes, like Cabernet, Chardonnay and so forth, but the traditional Portuguese varieties are very dominant.

"Portuguese wines are selling very well to Millennials and to Generation X. They are more open. They don't care so much about grape varieties"*.

 

Top PORTUGUESE wine appellations by presence

Top 1 Porto

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Top 11 Alentejano
Top 12 Alentejo
Top 13 Portugal other
Top 14 Estremadura
Top 15 Pico

Top 16 Tejo
Top 17 Vinho de Mesa

 

Top PORTUGUESE brands by presence

Top 1 Taylor's

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Top 11 D'Oliveiras
Top 12 Aphros
Top 13 Cossart Gordon
Top 14 Broadbent
Top 15 Caves Sao Joao

Top 16 Quinta do Crasto
Top 17 Quinta do Infantado
Top 18 Churchill's
Top 19 Filipa Pato
Top 20 Ramos Pinto

 

Source: MiBD wine analytics. Wine Offer from 150 restaurants / 35,560 wines in 2018. Top listed Portugese wines listed on wine lists (presence).

* interview of Nuno Vale, Marketing Director of ViniPortugal