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 Franca

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

  • Limberger

  • 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

  • Fladgate Partnership

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

  • 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 ...

  • Casal dos Jordões

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

  • Cockburn's Port

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

  • Adriano Ramos Pinto Vinhos

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

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Porto on Snooth

  • 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


  • Smith Woodhouse Late Bottled Vintage Port Tinta Francisca. Tinta Roriz. Touriga Nacional. Tinta Barroca Douro 1994

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    Dark ruby color. The alcohol distracted me from appreciating the floral and red fruits aromatics here. Dry in profile with smooth raspberry and blueberry fruit and quite easy to approach and enjoy due to submissive tannins. Although attractive this is not a big wine but it is really well-balanced which brought up the scorecard. Drink now through... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Quinta Do Vesuvio Port Blend Porto Vintage 1994

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    Vintage Port at this age rarely excites me more than this. But 1994 is THE Vesuvio that won me over upon release and ever since. Although I had bought a six pack pre-release, after trying it for the first time in 1997, I ran out and grabbed 12 more bottles and have reloaded since. This is one of the '94s that you can never own too much of. Brash... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • 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


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