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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Limberger

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  • Cabral, Irmãos e Cª Lda

    In the typical Douro architectural style, built in schist, this is entirely uitable for the cal...

  • Wiese & Krohn Sucrs. Lda

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

  • Calèm

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

  • Fladgate Partnership

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

  • Niepoort Vinhos

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

  • Cockburn's Port

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

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  • Krohn Port Blend Porto Colheita 1967


    Light in color with a slight tinge of ruby to a rather dark nutty brown color. Light dusty nose with wood varnish, vanilla, light wood, sweet caramel, turron and light roasted nuts. In the mouth it's rich and has a strong acidity with a medium to high sweetness. Rich and very complex with tons of nuts and caramel qualities. Overall a very nutty ... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Fonseca Vintage Port 1997


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    Wine review by shulmeister

  • Fonseca Vintage Port 1977


    I had been saving this bottle for a couple of years, and unexpectedly opened it during a crazy afternoon of great conversation and excellent company. Just perfect combination for an excellent wine, this port indeed has layer upon layer of flavor. At first tasting, there is almost so much flavor and fruit that my palate is overwhelmed and I have ... Read More

    Wine review by vipssy

  • Dow Vintage Port 1994


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    Wine review by oenogal

  • Taylor Fladgate Porto Late Bottled Vintage Hrzn 2000


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    Wine review by zapfdingbat

  • Osborne Port Blend Porto Late Bottled Vintage 1999


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    Wine review by twoseven16

  • Ramos Pinto 1997


    mmm....good for after a meal. Good buy for your buck. Tastes almost elegant. Some fruitiness Read More

    Wine review by de Boer

  • Fonseca Vintage Port 1997


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    Wine review by lyinsan

  • Fonseca Vintage Port 1997


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    Wine review by netragazzo

  • Taylor Fladgate " Vintage Port" 2005


    Deep dark color to this wine. Alcohol hits me at first though blows off quickly leaving a spicy profile to the wine. Dark chocolate with a backdrop of fruit that hints at cranberry, blueberry, and chokecherry, yet it still to tight to fully see. Lush and rich in the mouth like a silken glove on the tongue, and with an acidity that is strong and ... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

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