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Portugal Unfortified

Considering its size, Portugal can stake a convincing claim to being the most diverse winemaking country anywhere. Its non-fortified wines continue to excite us.

In September, digital copywriter Martin Brown accompanied buyer Jo Locke MW to two vast - and vastly different - wine regions, some 400km apart: the sloping terraced vineyards of the Douro and the rolling plains of the Alentejo. Several of The Society's longest-serving suppliers and newer discoveries were visited, via air, land and river! Come along for the ride...

Martin Brown

Martin Brown
Digital Copywriter

  • date September 2016
  • location Portugal
  • people Martin Brown
    Joanna Locke MW

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