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 Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

  • Touriga Franca

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Touriga Franca (or Touriga Francesa) is one of the major grape varieties used t...

  • Limberger

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Porto View all

  • Calèm

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

  • Adriano Ramos Pinto Vinhos

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

  • Cabral, Irmãos e Cª Lda

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

  • Porto Cruz

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

  • Casal dos Jordões

    Our winery are not modern. Have been improved and upgraded existing ones, while old, which was ol...

  • Burmester

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

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Porto on Snooth

  • Fonseca Vintage Port 1966

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    This was not up to snuff with some VA and way too much alcohol protruding. Otherwise the nose was muted and with fruit in decline. Later on, the heat took over and was clearly an off bottle, as I have had this VP a dozen times in the past 3-4 years and have had much better bottles of '66 Fonseca. Normally it is at the apex of this fine vintage, ... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Warre Port Blend Porto Vintage 1994

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    Medium ruby and much less extracted than the big guns in the lineup. The fruit is from the newly acquired Bom Retiro Poqueno. The focused bouquet of violets and cocoa lead to a feminine style of VP that is smooth and soft. However, the tannins rush to take over late in the game. There is a touch of alcohol on the afterburner finish, but these bo... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Quinta Do Noval Port Blend Porto Vintage 1962

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    I have had this wine on several occasions and IMHO, have always considered it a mediocre Nacional. This was the first bottle of the '62 to show me a different picture. Light to medium ruby in color with a bricking meniscus, the nose showed beautifully with strawberry and licorice dominating the aromas but with highlights of sweet cedar and vanil... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Port 2003

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    Wine review by kabir


  • Warre Port Blend Porto Vintage 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by njhawar1


  • Warre Port Blend Porto Vintage Quinta da Cavadinha 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by njhawar1


  • Quinta Do Vale Meão Red Blend Douro Meandro 2004

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    WLTV North Jersey Off-Line at Basilicos: This was my WOTN. Nose was fruitcake. Taste notes included tobacco, sour cherries, a little cedar and lovely drying tannins. [92] Read More

    Wine review by jaye


  • Porto L.B.V. Quinta Do Noval 1997

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    Always are great bottle of wine with richness and acidity that balance each other so well. Rich fruit, and a long finish. 4/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Adriano Ramos Pinto Porto Vintage 2000

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    Dark color with a nose that shows wood, dry spices, and currants. Very dry in the mouth with some red fruits, though I think this might be an off bottle. 2/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Quinta de la Rosa Porto Late Bottled Vintage 1999

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    Deep reddish in color. The nose is a mix of dusty minerals, anise, and dark cherries. Rich in the mouth a strong acidity that gives way to allow flavors of smoke, anise, like clove, chocolate, and black raspberry come out. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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