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

  • Dow's

    Currently six members of the Symington family are fully engaged in the management of Dow’s, they ...

  • Sogrape - Ferreira

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

  • Burmester

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

  • Quevedo

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

  • Adriano Ramos Pinto Vinhos

    Young artist, who frequented the artistic centre of Oporto, founded the company in 1880 at the ag...

  • Niepoort Vinhos

    Niepoort’s mission is to preserve the niche player position and continue to create great Port ...

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  • Real Companhia Velha Fundador Tawny NV


    No written review

    Wine review by Pefifos

  • Warre Porto Ruby NV


    No written review

    Wine review by longago2026

  • Offley Cachucha Porto NV


    I Rate this Port a 5, I went to Porto and had the privelage of trying this white Port and imidiately bought 2 bottles. I have not found anywhere that sells it, I think you can only buy it at the Offley Cellar, If anyone knows where i can buy it please let me know.Regards Read More

    Wine review by ewenis

  • Graham Tawny Fine Port NV


    One of the few ports I've had that I really enjoyed. I find that many ports have a raisiny smell and taste. This does not. It was also smooth for the high alcohol content. Read More

    Wine review by Heathen83

  • Warre Porto Ruby NV


    This is my absolute favorite Port. I have tried several different wineries and vintages, but I love this one. The wine is well developed for a dessert wine, but it is not so sweet as to be tart. The wine has a bite to it, but the bite is gone immediately, as compared to a merlot. The deep color adds to the lure of this wine and is gorgeous i... Read More

    Wine review by coryhwhite357

  • Real Companhia Velha Royal Oporto Vintage Port Tinto 2000


    Thick and unctuous - there are layers of licorice, treacle and coffee. Well balanced by good acids, this is a good wine. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Royal Oporto Tawny Porto NV


    Some heat on the nose, this port is thinner than I'd hoped for (but it is a Tawny). Nicely rich and sweet, there's a very pleasing finish. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Warre Port Blend Porto Vintage 1985


    Not as sweet as i'd have expected, the age was showing and it was hot on the nose. There was some nice chocolate, spice and almond notes. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Warre Port Blend Porto Vintage 1985


    Not a particularly good bottle this was disjointed and hot. It had been decanted for about 6 hours but it looks like it may have needed more but really nothing could have really made it much better. it was volatile and a mess. 70pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Quinta Do Noval Red Blend Douro 2000


    No written review

    Wine review by 35159fbvintage 35159 fbvintage

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