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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Porto View all

  • Dow's

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

  • Casal dos Jordões

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

  • Cabral, Irmãos e Cª Lda

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

  • Churchill Graham

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

  • Niepoort Vinhos

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

  • Adriano Ramos Pinto Vinhos

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

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Porto on Snooth

  • Sandeman White Port NV

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    An excellent wine. Very good as an aperitit or desert wine.Introduced to this wine in PORTUGAL and since I am on my last bottle I would like to replace this wine. Read More

    Wine review by explorwine


  • Cockburn's Fine Ruby Port 2005

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    Apparently there is a great variance when it comes to ruby port wines. Although the first scent and initial moment of taste tempted a fruity lusciousness, such a hint was plowed by a speeding locomotive of dry, wood flavour. If woody is for you, Cockburns. If you eat enough sugar, this might counterbalance. As for me, pass. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Wonder if the OP ever looks in again.  Although they don't have this precise port, BPWines has several Colheita Ports (mostly Kopke) from vintages around that time.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic I'm looking to buy some 1983...


  • Dow's Vintage Port 2007

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    This is a superb Port. We opened it and had it with toasted walnuts and a primo piece of stilton. It is truly remarkable wine. Amazing! Read More

    Wine review by ncmathsadist


  • Fonseca Bin 27 Porto NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


  • W&j Graham's Six Grapes Reserve Porto NV

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    Nice, full body, great with dark chocolate and berries. One of my faves! Read More

    Wine review by GinaR1173


  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage 2007

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    Dark, rich, spice and tar but not as long a finish as I was expecting. Nice but lacks power of the best LBVs. My rating 89. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Quinta Do Noval Red Blend Douro Cedro Do Noval 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Uma Rsingh


  • Sandeman Port Blend Porto Founder's Reserve 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Fonseca Bin 27 Porto 2013

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    Im writing this from memory, not a recent tasting...so this should be updated. I remember really liking this one thought. Amazing for its price. Sweet, lighter than most ports, fruity and velvety, Matt wasn't particularly fond of it, but hes not much of a port guy. Read More

    Wine review by Karmyk


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