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 »

View More

Popular wines made in Porto under $20

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

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...

  • Limberger

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Porto View all

  • Cabral, Irmãos e Cª Lda

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

  • 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...

  • Churchill Graham

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

  • Fladgate Partnership

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

  • Quevedo

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

Page 52 of 58

Porto on Snooth

  • Taylor Fladgate First Estate Port NV

    Snoothrank:

    Very dark in colour. This sweet, full bodied port has hints of black currant, blackberry, plums and ground pepper. Medium acidity and soft tannins. Goes very well with chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by katrinnalouise


  • Taylor's Vintage Port 1985

    Snoothrank:

    Very light rhubarb color with a pink rim. This could have used some time in a decanter to deliver more color/body/complexity. Smoky and spicy cinnamon scents lead to a thin and sweet frame of strawberry flavors that are light-bodied, elegant and balanced. Not what Id expect from a Taylor or a top notch 85, this was more reminiscent of a 1975 VP ... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Ferreira Port Blend Porto Vintage 1995

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by Fabio Leal


  • Dow's Vintage Port 1970

    Snoothrank:

    (from Magnum) What a great gift to take to dinner across from Vesuvio while meeting Herman and Ellie Gerdingh from The Netherlands. Ruby centered with a pink edge, there was a significant amount of alcohol on the nose along with cinnamon spice, wintergreen mint and plum notes that were slightly overshadowed by the spirit. Still, pretty heady stu... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Quinta Do Noval Port Blend Porto Vintage 1963

    Snoothrank:

    Light orange-pinkish hue showing lots of evolution. Christian mentioned that there was too much produced in terms of extraordinary yields from this particular vintage. The 1963 is showing pretty mature, mostly Tawny nuances of figs and caramel with some alcohol on the unimpressive and hot finish that had a medicinal edge to the aftertaste. It wa... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Fonseca Vintage Port 1977

    Snoothrank:

    This was the grand finale on the fabulous first evening at The Woodlands at Nemacolin Resort in PA. We did not do it justice as this needs LOTS of decanting time and this was my fault, as it did not get decanted ahead and I should have mentioned that prior to our departure from Pittsburgh. Anyway, it did get nearly five hours of decanting ... bu... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Cockburn's Vintage Port 1994

    Snoothrank:

    Dark eggplant color. The nose really had me going with figs, dates and mocha initially and some anise showed up later with a touch of espresso beans. The palate was not as exciting, although solid at this point. The '94 exhibits a medium-body with black cherry, Kirsch and rich dark chocolate undertones. This is a puzzling wines in that I had an ... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Port 2003

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by Nuno Pires


  • Warre Port Blend Porto Vintage 2003

    Snoothrank:

    Cherry red. Very jammy and plummy. Hints of mint, very juicy with not a lot of leather or dark chocolate - they are just present. This is surprisingly drinkable. Firm, but not overpowering tannin, bitter chocolate, toffee, bramble and chocolate that lasts a long time. Read More

    Wine review by Peter Wood


  • Porto Niepoort 2003

    Snoothrank:

    Complex. Cherry fruit, tobacco and a little spirity. Fresh, fruity, and a long warm, spicy finish. Definately a modern vintage port, drunk young. A good wine and enjoyable to chat to Dirk Niepoort when I tried it. Read More

    Wine review by Peter Wood


prev 1 ...  50 51 52 53 54  ...  58 next




View larger map



Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Recent Forum PostsView all


Porto wine ratings and reviews





Snooth Media Network