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 Franca

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Cockburn's Port

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

  • Casal dos Jordões

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

  • 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...

  • Calèm

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

  • Burmester

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

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Porto on Snooth

  • Warre Port Blend Porto Vintage 2003

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    Wine review by njhawar1


  • Warre Port Blend Porto Vintage Quinta da Cavadinha 2000

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    Wine review by njhawar1


  • Quinta Do Vale Meão Red Blend Douro Meandro 2004

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    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] Read More

    Wine review by jaye


  • Porto L.B.V. Quinta Do Noval 1997

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    Always are great bottle of wine with richness and acidity that balance each other so well. Rich fruit, and a long finish. 4/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Real Companhia Velha Royal Oporto Vintage Port Tinto 2000

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    Deep in color the nose is alive and seems to jump out of the glass with grape, blackberry, and cherry notes. Rich and unctous with a high acidity and firm fine tannins. Black fruits, light clove and more are well layered on the palate. Nice wine! 4/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Poças Porto Late Bottled Vintage 1999

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    Deep purple in color. The nose is a mix of smokey wood, allspice and hidden fruits. Strong acidity helps to cleanse the sweetness from becoming heavey on the palate where cherries, black raspberries, anise, and minerals all mingle. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Niepoort Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2000

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    Reddish purple in color. The nose is chocolatly with earth and hints of new wood followed by anise and cherry. Rich wine in the mouth with a clove and anise spice element. This is followed by wood and dark cherries. The finish is long and lingering and the bright acidity helps clean the palate. 4/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Adriano Ramos Pinto Porto Vintage 2000

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    Dark color with a nose that shows wood, dry spices, and currants. Very dry in the mouth with some red fruits, though I think this might be an off bottle. 2/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Quinta de la Rosa Porto Late Bottled Vintage 1999

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    Deep reddish in color. The nose is a mix of dusty minerals, anise, and dark cherries. Rich in the mouth a strong acidity that gives way to allow flavors of smoke, anise, like clove, chocolate, and black raspberry come out. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Quinta Do Portal Porto Colheita 1994

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    Deep stained wood brown. Nose of roasted nuts, dried dates, raisens, and raw oak. In the mouth it has a strong acidity, with warmth on the finish. The body is rich and layered in flavors. Wood, caramel, brandied cherries, and a rich dense lingering finish. 4/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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