Oporto Wine, Porto
Oporto called Porto, is a sweet, fortified red wine of considerable renown from the Douro region of northern Portugal, named for the town of Oporto where it is aged and bottled.
The soil and grapes, and the skill of Oporto vintners in blending, produce wines of remarkable character, with types running through a series of flavours. Vintage port, the finest, is not blended; but harvests deemed worthy to produce it are rare. The full richness of the port taste is found in dark vintage and vintage character ports; these types are taken from the cask after two or three years and complete their aging in the bottle. Vintage character port is a blend of best wines, sometimes called crusted port because, as with vintage port, it forms a crust within the bottle. Ruby port is a blend of younger wines.
Head towards Vila Nova Gaia along the riverbanks of Douro River where most port wine cellars are located. Major wine cellars offer wine tasting tours for a small fee...learn a bit, enjoy the show (some could be theatrical!) and be merry, cheers!
Once the barrels full of the best vintage of Port wine was floated down river Douro from the vinyards to the companies in Villa Nova de Gaia. Today the are mainly tourist attravctions and show the emblems of the different wineries.
Cross the Dom Luis I bridge and visit the 'caves' (lodges) where the Port wine is stored. You'll be able to visit the cellars and, in the end, taste some Port wine.
The suburb across the river is called Vila Nova. This is where the majority of the port wine production is located, and you can sample and buy these products in many stores lining the river front.
This is one of the most famous wineries for Port wine which is very sweet. The tasting costs 2 euros and you get 4 glasses of wine.
One of Portugal's treasures. You have an oppurtunity to try more Port than you can imagine. Just be careful on the walk back across the Duoro!
Just across the D. Luis bridge, in Gaia, we can find all the port wine cellars.
Most of them can be visited and of course wine tasting is on the program.
You can tour many port cellars. They will guide you through and explain how they make the wine. You can end with a wine tasting. Really interesting and a lot of fun.