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

  • Wiese & Krohn Sucrs. Lda

    Wiese & Krohn's estate Quinta do Retiro Novo is located in Sarzedinho, a very small village in th...

  • Burmester

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

  • Adriano Ramos Pinto Vinhos

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

  • Churchill Graham

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

  • Calèm

    Porto Cálem is one of the highest awareness Port Wine brands, among more than 40 others. Almost a...

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

    Barros Porto is recognized and appreciated all over the world. A great deal of its high awareness...

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Porto on Snooth

  • Dow Porto Vintage 2003

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    purchased 11/8/2008 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars Read More

    Wine review by emmfan


  • Dows Fine Tawny Port NV

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    Wine review by seba


  • Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Porto 2002

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    Wine review by elliottback


  • Graham Porto 10-Year Tawny NV

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    Sweet, nutty, and not too much wood flavor. It's great when it first hits your tongue, but the initial flavor gives way to a bit of alcohol taste (the only reason I dock it a point). Read More

    Wine review by SimianLogic


  • Dow's 20 Year Old Tawny Port NV

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    Wine review by njkrut


  • The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and ViniPortugal and The ... ... dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto (IVDP) are teaming up and bring you two great tastings this october! Come and sample over 150 of the greatest wines of Portugal while helping those who help our pets. Discover Portugals many varieties of exciting Reds and Whites ... Read More

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  • Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Porto 2002

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    The smell transfixed me as soon as it arrived at the table. Drinking it was rich, satisfying and rewarding. I loved the way the taste changed from raisiny sweetness to tangy spices to smooth honey and nuts at the end. Every single sip was as rewarding as the last and I was desperately sorry to finish it. Read More

    Wine review by HolidayGolightly


  • Warre Porto Warrior NV

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    Wine review by Turbo Dan


  • Fonseca Vintage Port 1992

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    excellent .. i like de sweet taste! Read More

    Wine review by Magnum152


  • Duff Gordon Port Blend Porto No. 28 NV

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    Wine review by Cap57


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