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

  • Limberger

  • Roriz

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

  • 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...

  • Touriga Franca

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

Popular Wineries in Porto View all

  • Porto Cruz

      Porto Cruz is one of the most recognized brands of Port, produced in the Douro Valley of P...

  • Burmester

    In 1730, Henry Burmester and John Nash founded Burmester & Nash in London, a cereal trading compa...

  • 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. ...

  • Taylor's Port

    There is more to drinking port than formal dining and long speeches. In fact, Taylor's can offer ...

  • Churchill Graham

    Churchill’s – the First Independent British Port Shipper in over 70 years. Extracted from the ...

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Porto on Snooth

  • Ramos Pinto 20 Year Tawny Port Retiro NV


    Just another lovely Tawny Port. Beautifully smooth, with bits of almond, hazelnut, cinnamon, caramel, and vanilla, with stunning dried fruit. Lingers on and on. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Quinto Do Crasto Douro Red Portugal 2007


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    Wine review by WillMartin

  • Niepoort Porto Colheita 2005


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Dow's Quinta Do Bomfim 1996


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    Wine review by saddy

  • Quinta de la Rosa Red Blend Douro 2009


    wheres the 2011?? Snooth?How about a mobile Version? Read More

    Wine review by CalKid

  • Cockburns Fine Ruby Port NV


    Picked this up at Stone Face Package Liquors Store. Nice little number. Opens ... Taylor Fladgate Fine Ruby Porto which I tasted along side this. Very, very well priced for this qualit Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Quinta Do Noval Porto Noval Black NV


    Nice, smooth, easy drinking port. Ripe plums, raisins, a hint of anise, low to medium tannins and a medium finish. This held up well over the course of two weeks. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • I started a bottle of Port last night. It was a Real Companhia Velha Vinho do Porto Don Jose Tinto Aloirado NV. I suspect that this is a fairly old bottle although there was no vintage year on it. It was an opaque brown in colour and very sweet with a raisin and almond style fruit but what I really noticed was the alchol. It was 19% ABV. I have ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Real Companhia Velha Vinho Do Porto Don Jose Tinto Aloirado NV


    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on 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.Real Companhia Velha,also known as the Royal Oporto Wine Company,is the oldest Port Wine Company of Portugal and was founded in 1756 by a Royal Ch... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Fonseca Porto 10 Year Old Tawny 2013


    Had this at Trombino's along side the Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny...Both are amazingly good, Fonseca is both in appearance and taste more of a 'Ruby' than the Taylor Fladgate. That is not to say it is, just that Taylor Fladgate has more of the typical tastes of a Tawny,raisin fruit, wood...whereas the Fonseca tastes to me more of the Ruby ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

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