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

  • Sogrape - Ferreira

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

  • Fladgate Partnership

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

  • 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. ...

  • Niepoort Vinhos

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

  • Taylor's Port

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

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Porto on Snooth

  • Cálem Port Blend Porto Vintage 2003

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    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

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    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

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    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

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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


  • Taylor Fladgate Porto Vintage 1977

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    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


  • 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


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