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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  • 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

  • Adriano Ramos Pinto Vinhos

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

  • 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...

  • Dow's

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

  • Cockburn's Port

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

  • 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

  • Real Companhia Velha Royal Oporto Vintage Port Tinto 2000


    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


    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

  • Quinta Do Portal Porto Colheita 1994


    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

  • Quinta Do Noval Port Blend Porto Fine White NV


    Nice pale golden color with thickness visible when poured. Peach and apricot on the nose with a little dusty earth and a herbal note that may come out more as it warms. Thick in the mouth with a medium acidity and some alcohol heat on the finish. I would call it sweet but not as much as a ruby port. The flavors are subtle with peach and apricot ... 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

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  • Churchill Porto Vintage 2003


    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


    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

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  • Quinta Do Portal Port Blend Porto Vintage 2003


    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


    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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