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...

  • Limberger

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Casal dos Jordões

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

  • Fladgate Partnership

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

  • Niepoort Vinhos

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

  • Calèm

    Porto Cálem is one of the highest awareness Port Wine brands, among more than 40 others. Almost a...

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

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

  • 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

  • Cálem Port Blend Porto Vintage 2003


    1st Wood nuts with fruit of plum and raisin hidden a bit. Rich tannin with high acid it shows flavors of grape, raisin, date, anise, and black pepper. Currently the alcohol is a big factor. 3.5/5 2nd Chocolate on the nose with Candy like cherry/grape on the palate. Tasty but the finish is a bit short. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Rozès Porto Vintage 2003


    1st Plum, chocolate, anise, and cinnamon. Subtle tannins, with a medium acidity on the palate there is blackberry, chocolate, clove and plum. 3.5/5 2nd Wood on the nose. The tannins and acids are quite high. Flavors of cherry, blackberry, and clove. Really quite tasty, interested to see what happens. 3.5-4/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Cockburn Porto Vintage 2003


    1st Melons, grape, clove and black liquorice on the nose. Tannins are soft with medium acid. The palate is candy like with earth cherry, blackberry, wood and earth. 3.5/5 2nd Melon nuts, wood, and acetone? Candy like in the mouth with blackberry, currant, and showing a soft background of tannins and high acidity. [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Offley Boa Vista Port Blend Porto Vintage 2003


    1st Roasted nuts wood, liquorice, anise blackberry, blueberry and black cherry. Med-high tannins(very soft) with high acidity. Well integrated the palate shows dark fruits and light spice. 3.5/5 2nd Dark as night with a nose of wood, and dark chocolate. Strong acidity with fine tannins in the background. Rich though not a long finish. Cloves, an... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Sandeman Port Blend Porto Vintage 2003


    1st Muted wood on the nose with currant, black fruits, and clove. Strong acidity with nice softly structured tannins. In the mouth clove, black fruit, earth and minerals. Tasty wine with nice balance. 3.5/5 2nd Clove anise, date, and hazelnut nose. High acid, with fine tannins. Flavors of grape, cherry, clove and cinnamon. 4/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Barão de Vilar Porto Vintage 2003


    1st Wet earth, dark chocolate, and light dried fruit. Viscous with subdued tannins and strong acid. In the mouth dried fruits, blackberry, and almost candy like. It seems to be a bit out of balance. 3/5 2nd Fruit is lacking on the nose. The palate shows dried fruit, grapes and is pretty straightforward. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Taylor Fladgate Porto Vintage 2003


    1st Wood, earth, dried fruit, and cinnamon on the nose. The mouth is complex with cherry, blackberry, clove, minerals earth and chocolate. Fine tannins with a nicely balanced acidity. 4/5 2nd Dried fruit, wood, and almond/hazelnut show on the nose. High acid, big tannins though a bit rough. Flavors of grape, blackberry, and spices. [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Romariz Port Blend Porto Vintage 2003


    Dirty earth nose with wood, and cherry. Med to high tannin with high acidity. Chocolate, berry, anise, and minerals mingle on the palate. Very rich and tasty. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Martinez Port Blend Porto Vintage 2003


    Melon, berry, earth, minerals and prune on the nose. Softer tannin, with a high acid. The palate is of Raisin, date, anise, and cherry. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Taylor Fladgate Porto Vintage 1977


    Rich, balanced -- strong plum notes. Decanted. Flavor showed full and best development one hour after opening. Stongly recommended. [95] Read More

    Wine review by jaye

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