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

  • Burmester

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

  • C N Kopke & Ca

    Established in 1638 by Chrisiiano Kopke (from Germany) and his son (who came lo Portugal as repre...

  • Cabral, Irmãos e Cª Lda

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

  • Taylor's Port

    There is more to drinking port than formal dining and long speeches. In fact, Taylor's can offer ...

  • Dow's

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

  • Offley Boa Vista

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

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Porto on Snooth

  • Graham Porto Fine White Port NV

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    Honeyied nose with a light minerality. Both this and the other white are a light clover honey color. the nose also shows light muscat like grape qualities. Med to heavey in the mouth with noticealbe residual sugar. Also a definate alcohol heat on the finish. Nice though a bit brash.C5+A11+T13+O6=85 [85] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Evel Porto 2001

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    Very rich deep amber/ maroon, with plum accents, and a bit muddy. Port nose, of rich fruit, plum, raisen and a rich spice all framed by a delicate minerality. Med Body w/soft tannins and structured acidity. Light Cherry, plum, oak, vanilla, all show on the palate, though the spice on the nose does not follow through to the palate. Flavor of jamm... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Graham Porto Tico Dry NV

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    Austere, and alive!Light nose with a slight nuttiness and some pear? Almost steely with an underlying softness. Very dry in the mouth with an austerity and light bite on the finish. Fresh mosit nut quality with some light fruit. A nice apretif though not for large amounts of consumption. C5+A11+T14+O7=87 [87] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • W & J Graham's Lbv Late Bottled Vintage Port Quarter Bottles 1998

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    Deep reddich purple all the way to the rim. This spent 6 years in Oak. Elementary school paste with light anise and pencil lead on the nose with a rich berry quality lurking beind it all. Rich in the mouth with a strong alcohol presence on the finish. Sweet fruit and lots of spice, black pepper, anise, clove, and a nice black berry quality to su... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Graham Porto 10-Year Tawny NV

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    Light brown with glints of Ruby as is agitrated. Noticeable wood and alcohol on the nose with hints of carmel and light fruit. Rich in the mouth with a coating quality followed bylight alcohol on the finish. Carmel, with dried raisen, prune and a clove/allspice note intermingled. I need cheese with this to bring to life. Very nice wine though th... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Graham Porto 20-Year Tawny NV

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    Maple, nut brown color, beautiful! Rich wood, and raisen nose with soft toffee carmel notes. Med weight in the mouth with a rich sweetness that drys a bit on the finish followed by an alcohol burn that seems well integrated. Rich wood flavors of oak and a bisquit note that leads me to believe it was covered with carmel. Light fruit through out t... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Taylor Fladgate Porto Vintage Quinta de Vargellas 1974

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    Medium intense color with slight orange tinge at the rim. Mose of wood, anise, deep berry notes, faint clove and lots more. Rich mouthfeel w/slight woddiness, rich dryed fruits of cherry, blackberry, Plum and dates. Big in the mouth with a strong alcohol finish. this kept developing for at least 2 hours showing candied cherries later on. I was r... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Cockburn Porto Vintage 1960

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    Light Ruby middle going quite tawny towards the edges, Nose of Cinnamon, carmel, some red fruit. Noticeable alcohol on the palate, though disapating with more air. Still quite rich with some carmel, spice and plum flavors. Very nice, Drank outside on a beautiful day with good friends... [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Warre Port Blend Porto Vintage 1970

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    This house makes rather restrained yet rich, flavorful vintage port and a very good tawny called Nimrod. Their vintage ports seem slow to develop, and while they never quite have the voluptuous richness of a Dow, Graham, or Fonseca, they have a unique mineral-scented character that gives them their own complexity and style. The 1970 remains rath... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Parker


  • Warre Port Blend Porto Vintage 1966

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    This house makes rather restrained yet rich, flavorful vintage port and a very good tawny called Nimrod. Their vintage ports seem slow to develop, and while they never quite have the voluptuous richness of a Dow, Graham, or Fonseca, they have a unique mineral-scented character that gives them their own complexity and style. The 1966 is fully mat... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Parker


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