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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Limberger

  • 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...

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

  • Touriga Franca

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

Popular Wineries in Porto View all

  • Sogrape - Ferreira

    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 ...

  • Casal dos Jordões

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

  • Dow's

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

  • Churchill Graham

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

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

    Barros Porto is recognized and appreciated all over the world. A great deal of its high awareness...

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  • Quinta Do Noval Porto Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage 2007


    Rich, deep ruby red/purple/brown tones with a beautiful dark dark fruit aroma profile....hints of licorice/chocolate, and loads of black cherry. The flavors are amazingly deep and fruity, Earthy, tannic. The mouthfeel is as though there has been heavy cream added to the fermentation process....Simply gorgeous LBV Port and as of late 2015, this... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • OT, the couple of times I've been, I haven't seen much like this in your area.Fonseca Porto Guimaraens Vintage 1985 - (wedding year wine, purchased for an anniversary celebration).  First time ordering from Chambers St. Wines, quick delivery, no problems. Now I know why there's white paint on my bottle.  Read More

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  • Quinta Do Portal Port Blend Porto Vintage 2007


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Niepoort Port Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2009


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  • Quinta Do Noval Black Port


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    Wine review by quantrill37

  • Calem Porto Rose


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    Wine review by JeffS23

  • Calem Fine White Porto NV


    I bought this bottle of wine a while ago from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/57105 for £5.I do not know the age of my bottle as there is no year on it but I was given to understand that it is from the 1970's. Port is a fortified wine from the Douro valley in northern Portugal. Most are red but a few are white like this one. Calem... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Graham Old Vines Edition Six Grape Port NV


    one of the better wine's i have ever had Read More

    Wine review by shooter1322

  • Fonseca Porto 20 Year Old Tawny


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    Wine review by Armando Padron

  • Warre Port Blend Porto Warrior Reserve NV


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    Wine review by ALICEPEARL

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