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

  • Dow's

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

  • Cabral, Irmãos e Cª Lda

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

  • Casal dos Jordões

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

  • Quevedo

    Quevedo was founded in 1991 as a family owned business in the heart of the Douro valley, respondi...

  • Offley Boa Vista

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

  • Burmester

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

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Porto on Snooth

  • Offley Boa Vista Port Blend Porto Vintage 2003

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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


  • Churchill Porto Vintage 2003

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    1st Grape, earth, mineral, and melon all on the nose. Big tannin, and acid with a rich chocolate character. Flavors of cherry(dried), and anise, though there is more there it is a rich and complex wine. 4/5 2nd Blue berry nose with wood, earth and melon on the palate. Firm big tannin and med-high acid. 4.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Quinta de Ventozelo Porto Vintage 2003

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    Nose shows watermelon, grape, light wood, yet very restrained. Approachable palate with fine tannins that coat, and a medium acid. Flavors of grape, spice, with a med finish and light hints of cinnamon and anise. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Quinta Do Portal Port Blend Porto Vintage 2003

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    Dense color purple black 1st round Light wood, clove, anise, and alcohol on the nose with a fruit background. Very viscous in texture with firm tannin and high acid. Palate is of spice, fruit, with subdued raisin and blackberry flavors. 2nd round Chocolate, wood and nuts. The palate is fruit like candy with high acid and med tannin. [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Poças Porto Vintage 2003

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    1st Wood, earth, mineral, currants, and alcohol on the nose. The tannins are really tight on this one and stay with you on the finish. While flavors of grape, cherry, strong blackberry and anise round it out. 4/5 2nd Rich dense with strong big tannins. Tasty and lingering finish. I think this will be a long lived wine. 4.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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