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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Limberger

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 ...

  • Cockburn's Port

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

  • Cabral, Irmãos e Cª Lda

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

  • Niepoort Vinhos

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

  • Wiese & Krohn Sucrs. Lda

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

  • Burmester

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

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Porto on Snooth

  • Graham Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2000


    Haven't actually tried the 2000, I tried the 2001 (but it's not listed). Sounds very similar. A very rich dark wine, and very smooth. Thouroughly enjoyed this one. Read More

    Wine review by Porto79

  • Ferreira Port Blend Porto Vintage 1995


    No written review

    Wine review by daperis

  • Taylor Fladgate First Estate Port NV


    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


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by Fabio Leal

  • Dow's Vintage Port 1970


    (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


    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


    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


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by Nuno Pires

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