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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  • 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...

  • Limberger

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Cabral, Irmãos e Cª Lda

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

  • Burmester

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

  • Wiese & Krohn Sucrs. Lda

    Wiese & Krohn's estate Quinta do Retiro Novo is located in Sarzedinho, a very small village in th...

  • Churchill Graham

    Churchill’s – the First Independent British Port Shipper in over 70 years. Extracted from the ...

  • Fladgate Partnership

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

  • Quevedo

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

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Porto on Snooth

  • YES, RCKR 1951!I have often mentioned SANDEMAN FOUNDERS RESERVE.....I had ... ... ... PORT.....genuine O'PORTO!Have any of you tried WHITE PORT?I was not over-excited with White Port, quite honestly!For our LONDON ENGLAND based SNOOTHERS, kindly consider poping into my haunt- GORDON'S WINE BAR on VILLIERS Street and try their several PORT off... Read More

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  • Ramos Pinto Late Bottled Vintage Portwein 2008


    Intense ruby coloration and with striking legs, this has loads of juicy Welch's grape juice and plum/raisin fruits on the aromas....slightly boozy upon opening but this mellows out shortly thereafter. The flavors follow suit and along with all of the aforementioned characteristics, there is a very nice licorice root/Earthy quality about it....n... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Dow's Fine Tawny Port 2006


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    Wine review by bobvree

  • DIEGO - I like sherry in the right situation and desert wines also. ... but my ... but my peersonal favorite is Porto - that's a wine I'll drink I'll drink anytim Read More

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  • My red would be the '03 Quinta Noval LBV Porto.  Stunning wines with years left in the tank.  Rich dark fruit, cocao, earthiness, ballsy yet elegant. The perfect foil to double dark chocolate/dark cherry fudge brownies and real French vanilla ice cream on the side both drizzled with juice. Drool.I'm gonna think awhile before I name a white - har... Read More

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  • Porto Cruz Pink Douro


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    Wine review by Ariggs

  • Quinta Do Portal Porto Reserve 27 Grapes NV


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    Wine review by eyetalian

  • Quinta Do Portal Porto Reserve 27 Grapes NV


    Had this as a comparison to the Reserve 29 Grapes. Smoother, a bit more balanced, but less Earthy. Another one for an every day Ruby Port drinker. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Quinta Do Portal Porto Reserve 29 Grapes


    Had a tasting of this with dinner last night at Trombino's Bistro Italiano. A pretty basic NV Ruby Port, but nevertheless enjoyable. Starts off sweet with a bit of earth. As it sits, becomes smoother and more earthy. Good every day drinker. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Fonseca Lbv Unfiltered Porto 2008


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    Wine review by JulRenA

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