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Port

To be labeled port, a fortified wine must come from Portugal, where it is produced almost exclusively in Douro Valley. Using a blend of five grapes, a port wine typically includes tinta barroca, tempranillo, touriga francesa, touriga nacional, and tinta cão. That said, around 100 varieties of wine grapes can be used to make port, proving just how diverse this wine can be.

Both red and white grapes go into a port, which can be either tawny or ruby. Tawny port wines can be aged as long as 50 or 75 years or as little as five to 10. Ruby wines, on the other hand, are meant to be enjoyed while young. Late-bottled vintage port is cask aged until its use. White port, made from white grapes, yields a shorter maceration process, and the flavor profile is sweeter. Surprisingly, some white ports can look like red ports if they have aged in wood for a long time.

Several countries other than Portugal are producing port-style wines, including Australia, Argentina, the United States, South Africa, and France. They are ideal to sip as after-dinner drinks, alongside desserts, or solo. There is a movement towards California wineries making port-like wines, which are remarkably similar in taste although they cannot be called port.


Quick Facts

  • In November 2014, six bottles of 1963 Quinta do Noval Nacional set a record for vintage port at auction, selling for $36,600
  • Also growing well in the Douro Valley are almonds and olives, perfect to pair with port as they share the same terroir
  • Centuries ago, Portugal traded port with England in exchange for other goods

Recommended Items at Auction

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THREE BOTTLES OF VINTAGE PORT
Jul 16, 6:00 PM PDT
THREE BOTTLES OF VINTAGE PORT
by O'Gallerie
Est: $200- $300
$2505 Bids
EARLY VINTAGE VINHO DO PORTO WINE
Jul 14, 3:00 PM PDT
EARLY VINTAGE VINHO DO PORTO WINE
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
VINS DE PORTO - Une bouteille de Porto Warre’s, Vintage Port 1977.
Jul 16, 1:00 PM CEST
VINS DE PORTO - Une bouteille de Porto Warre’s, Vintage Port 1977.
by Millon Riviera
Est: €10- €20
€100 Bids
Taylors,
Jul 16, 9:30 AM BST
Taylors,
by Sworders
Est: £100- £150
£800 Bids
Taylors,
Jul 16, 9:30 AM BST
Taylors,
by Sworders
Est: £80- £120
£600 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Port


Sworders

Sworders

O'Gallerie

O'Gallerie

Midnight Sun Antique Auction

Midnight Sun Antique Auction

Millon Riviera

Millon Riviera