Beiras is a Portuguese wine region covering the same areas as its namesake region. The region is classified as a Vinho Regional (VR), a designation similar to a French vin de pays region. Located in the northern regions of Portugal, Beiras produces wines of every imaginable style including sparkling and fortified wines but quality varies dramatically depending on producer and region.
Within the Beiras region there exists the following wine regions at IPR or DOC level:
- Dão DOC
- Bairrada DOC
- Beira Interior DOC, with the following three subregions:
- Lafoes IPR
- Távora-Varosa DOC
- Encostas da Nave IPR
- Encostas d'Aire DOC-overlaps with the Lisboa VR
The principle grapes of the Beiras region includes Arinto, Baga, Bastardo, Borrado das Moscas, Camarate, Cerceal, Esgana Cao, Fernao Pires, Jaen, Malvasia, Marufo, Monvedro, Periquita, Rabo de Ovelha, Rufete, Tinta Amarela, Touriga Nacional and Vital.
- T. Stevenson "The Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia" pg 329-333 Dorling Kindersley 2005 ISBN 0-7566-1324-8
- Official Journal of the European Union C 187/1, 8.8.2009: List of quality wines produced in specified regions (reflects situation as of July 31, 2009)