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

  • 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...

  • Limberger

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Porto View all

  • Offley Boa Vista

    Sogrape was founded in 1942 by Fernando van Zeller Guedes a driven and determined entrepreneur. ...

  • Wiese & Krohn Sucrs. Lda

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

  • Dow's

    Currently six members of the Symington family are fully engaged in the management of Dow’s, they ...

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

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

  • Porto Cruz

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

  • Fladgate Partnership

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

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Porto on Snooth

  • Quinta Do Noval Porto Vintage 2000

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    Inky purplish-red and nearly opaque, with a sweet plum and grapey aromatic profile. Densely packed with boysenberry and plump purple fruit that is lightly laced with licorice. Full-bodied, and expansive on the palate with a great tannin structure and fabulous length on the finish. A distinctive Noval and with their third big VP in a row, this Sh... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Graham's Vintage Port 1955

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    Gentle. Jammy, squashed strawberries and a little toffee. Beautifully balanced nose. The palate is wonderful, a little alcohol initially moves onto a peppery fruity palate. After a few hours, its got caramel, warm sugar... stunning, and the best port I have tasted to date. Read More

    Wine review by Peter Wood


  • Quinta Santa Eufêmia Fine White Porto NV

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    Dark color for a white wine. Nutty with good fruit. Refreshing. A really unique style of wine. Read More

    Wine review by RBoulanger


  • Quinta Santa Eufêmia Fine White Porto NV

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    Wine review by ameliaartal


  • Quinta Do Vale Meão Red Blend Douro Meandro 2004

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    2004 Quinta do Vale Meão Douro - Portugal, Douro (2/8/2007)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 pts.)Posted from CellarTracker Read More

    Wine review by jaye


  • Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Port 2003

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    Wine review by qpopper


  • Ferreira Port Blend Porto Vintage 1995

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    Wine review by tobias


  • Taylor Fladgate Port 10 Year Tawny Porto NV

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    Wine review by cgmees


  • Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Port 2003

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    Wine review by cgmees


  • Fonseca Vintage Port 1992

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    Although I have had this VP only a handful of times in the past, it was the first bottle Ive ever opened from my own cellar. Decanted for 7 hours, and consumed over the following three. Very dark ruby in color. Scents of dark cherry, cedar and anise load the glass. Closer to medium-bodied than a heavy weight with a smooth mouthfeel that is not s... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


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