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

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  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Porto View all

  • Taylor's Port

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

  • Calèm

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

  • 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...

  • Wiese & Krohn Sucrs. Lda

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

  • Porto Cruz

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

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Porto on Snooth

  • Quarles Harris Porto Lbv 2007

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    This vintage in Portugal has a good reputation and this wine reflects that. At first taste, this 2007 appears to be very similar to their 2006. It is inky dark, very sweet, rich with spice and tar notes. It does not degrade with air as the 2006 will. It will age very well. It has a bit more tannin than the 2006. Really delicious fruit in both wi... Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Taylor's Vintage Quinta Das Vargellas Porto Classico 2005

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    Wine review by Barberolo


  • Warre Porto Warrior NV

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    Wine review by FHornFrog


  • Warre Port Blend Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2007

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    Wine review by FHornFrog


  • Croft Fine Ruby Port NV

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    This NV Porto is simple and lacking the complexity and power of the LBV wines. Some tar character is evident but it is not prominent. Not a good value at $11. Spend an extra $4 and get an LBV. My rating -- 82. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Niepoort Port Blend Porto Tawny NV

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    Tis' the season for fortified wines! I tend to lean towards this style of port (meaning Portugese not English). Shows some nice balance between the sweetness and spice, oak, a subtle twitch of acidity really helps clean this up. Trust in this house, they are solid across the board. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Hello, I have some wines to sell some of the are old,  please send me ... PortoVelhotesTawny meio secoA.A. Cálem & filho. LdaEst. 1859       Porto, Portugal------------------------------------------- Vinho Velho (1910)SercialJoão Pereira d`OliveiraWine grower & exporterRua dos Ferreiros, 107Funchal – Madeira-------------------------- Vinho da M... Read More

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  •  "Just like Napa wines are from Napa Valley, Maine lobster are from ... Jerez, Napa Valley, Oregon, Porto, Washington State, Walla Walla Valley, Chianti Classico, Paso Robles, Sonoma County, Tokaj, Victoria, Western Australia, Long Island and Rioja is focussing on the integrity of wine places and demands that a wine's true origin is clearly st... Read More

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  • Cockburns Special Reserve Porto 2000

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    Tarry and licorice scented with some pencil shavings and Tootsie Rolls adding complexity over spicy, slightly jammy grapey fruit. Moderately sweet but well balanced and medium-bodied on the palate, with a nice, gentle spiciness surrounding the black grape, currant and blackberry fruit. The sweetness is a bit more obvious on the finish, which sho... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fonseca Bin 27 Porto 2013

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    Very floral and decidedly spicy with hints of juniper, coriander and balsam as well as a touch of pencil eraser framing the black raspberry and fig fruit aromas. Very smooth on entry, silky even and a touch lighter in weight than many Ports. The palate shows a fine base of tannins with unusually clear plum and cherry fruit. This is fairly struct... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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