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The breadth of Portuguese wine available is indeed astonishing

Beyond anecdote, little is known about the history and importance of Portuguese wine in Macau. As well as being part of a ship’s provisions during voyages to Asia, it was also traded. Historians have recorded Portuguese wines listed alongside Flemish clocks and Indian chintzes as cargo bound for Japan in the 1500s.

It is estimated that in the years following the 1999 Handover, Portuguese wine still accounted for more than half of wine imports into Macau. Although that figure may have been dropping in the past few years, Macau is second only to Lisbon in terms of Portuguese wine offerings.

Wine importers and sommeliers in Macau note that within the contemporary tourism mix, the vast majority are mainland Chinese and within this demographic, (high) price is a main predictor of quality – particularly if the consumer has won big! So prestigious French labels are king, and Portuguese wine thus tends to have a low presence in the casino environment.

Exclusive to Macau and unique in Asia is its Portuguese wine culture. Tourists who want to taste something different that also offers great value for money should seek out Portuguese wine.

Almost all hotel bars serve Portuguese wine by the glass, but Portuguese-orientated restaurants are a great start.