Porto Wine

Porto (or Oporto, or Port) is Portugal’s second largest city, located at the mouth of the Douro, the gateway to wine country. It is the center of Portuguese shipbuilding and trade, with a history that dates back to the Roman occupation, through the Moorish settlement of the area, and into a strong relationship with England, beginning in the 14th century and the marriage of John I of Portugal to Philippa of Lancaster (daughter of John of Gaunt). 

The English fascination with Portuguese wine began in the 14th century when their relationship with France became shaky and they had far less access to quality French wines. Their new friends, the Portuguese, had an abundance of wine in the Douro, but the English found it to be much more crude compared to what they were used to. So they began to add brandy to the wine to preserve it for shipment back to England, and thus, in a sense, the first Ports were born. But it wasn’t until the 17th or 18th century that this process became more refined Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Porto View all

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

  • Touriga Franca

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Touriga Franca (or Touriga Francesa) is one of the major grape varieties used t...

  • Lenoir Grape

    This red-fleshed grape is a popular variety in Texas, where it is sometimes blended with Ruby Cabernet to make red ta...

  • Limberger

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Popular Wineries in Porto View all

  • Casal dos Jordões

    Our winery are not modern. Have been improved and upgraded existing ones, while old, which was ol...

  • Cockburn's Port

    Cockburn's (Coh-burns) was founded in 1815 and has grown to become one of the world's great port ...

  • Quevedo

    Quevedo was founded in 1991 as a family owned business in the heart of the Douro valley, respondi...

  • Fladgate Partnership

    Port house is the inherited tradition of winemaking skill and knowledge more evident than at Fons...

  • Sogrape - Ferreira

    Sogrape was founded in 1942 by Fernando van Zeller Guedes a driven and determined entrepreneur. ...

  • C N Kopke & Ca

    Established in 1638 by Chrisiiano Kopke (from Germany) and his son (who came lo Portugal as repre...

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Porto on Snooth

  • Magalhaes Vintage Porto 2000

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    I bought this bottle of port from the website ... its name from the City of Oporto at the mouth of that river.It is a fortified wine because brandy is added to arrest the fermentation process. My bottle was made at Quinta do Silval,a small family concern in this area who use the Magalhaes name of the owner on some of their cuvees of port My bot... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage Unfiltered 2008

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    Fonseca ports at this level are approachable earlier than most. This is ready now - Plenty of fruit, a little spice, effortless tannins and good acidity - a pleasure to drink. Hold or drink - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2007

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    Huge and plentiful legs accompany this beautifully colored, aged LBV. Colors are beginning to show tawny hues, still with a body cranberry, black cherry syrup, and black plum juice....opaque as it should be....starting to show some muddled character. Aromas of huge raisined grape, beginnings of licorice root, rounded and delicate alcohol, blac... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Yes it is, but some of these will be gifts for my porto pals and I'll probably keep 6 or so for over the years.  I've bought porto in this quantity in the past for that reason when the QPR is there - it's there.  When I buy the vintage bottlings I buy in smaller quantities, but given the bills from the radiation therapy this is a good buy for th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2011

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    Wine review by jkozlow6tuq


  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2011

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    Wine review by jkozlow6tuq


  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2011

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    Wine review by jkozlow6tuq


  • Just got a case of this:The 2011 Fonseca LBV Porto X 12 Read More

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  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2011

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    Typically beautiful coloration of blackberry/black cherry, opaque black/brown goodness with amazing legs! The aromas are still a little young with booze showing immediately, but sugarplum, prune, fig, deep dark berries etc....flavors are nice with sugary plum, quite a bit of alcohol, boysenberry/chokecherry and cherry as well as cranberry/green... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • YES, RCKR 1951!I have often mentioned SANDEMAN FOUNDERS RESERVE.....I had ... ... ... PORT.....genuine O'PORTO!Have any of you tried WHITE PORT?I was not over-excited with White Port, quite honestly!For our LONDON ENGLAND based SNOOTHERS, kindly consider poping into my haunt- GORDON'S WINE BAR on VILLIERS Street and try their several PORT off... Read More

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