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

  • Touriga Nacional

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

  • 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 Franca

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

  • 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

  • Wiese & Krohn Sucrs. Lda

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

  • Sogrape - Ferreira

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

  • Offley Boa Vista

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

  • Dow's

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

  • Porto Cruz

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

  • Cockburn's Port

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

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Porto on Snooth

  • Fonseca Vintage Port 1977

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    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

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    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

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    No written review

    Wine review by Nuno Pires


  • Warre Port Blend Porto Vintage 2003

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    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

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    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


  • Niepoort Port Blend Porto Petre's 2003

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    Drunk at Quinta do Napoles with Dirk Niepoort. Closed, not much power and very subtle aromas. The palate is very tobaccoey with chocolate, gentle fruit and spice. Good. Read More

    Wine review by Peter Wood


  • Grahams Dq Vintage Port 1983

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    This is the second Port I ever purchased and I always have a soft sport for it. At 23 this is heading towards a mid-life crisis for collectors: drink or hold? If you have a case, then I suggest both. Right now it shows off a precocious personality, ultimately harmonious and enjoyable at the moment. Yet the tannins are still quite ripe today and ... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • 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


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