Port Wine

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Port Wine

Port Wine is a sweet fortified wine, exclusively produced in the Douro designated region, aged in the cellars in Gaia and exported from Porto all over the world. Its unmistakable bouquet, body and flavour are due to the high quality of the grapes, as well as to the region's soil and clima. "Port Wine" is basically a geographic name of origin.

There are, in fact, different types of Port Wine - some are aged in wooden casks and others in bottles. The former are usually the result of a skillful blending of wines from different harvests, in order to keep the wine's vitality and to provide it with homogeneous characteristics. As a rule the label has no indication of date or vintage. The latter are produced from one harvest only.

The following are the main types found in the market:

  • RED and RUBY


Port Wine Cellars

The Port Wine Cellars are the perfect spot to get in touch with this national drink and its history. They offer the public the opportunity of tasting this precious nectar, knowing its course over the ages, the region where it is produced and the way it is made.


Douro and Port Wines Institute

The Port and Douro Wines Institute was established in 1933 to be the entity responsible for the certification and control of the “Port” Appellation of Origin. It controls the quality and the quantity of the wines likely to achieve this Appellation of Origin by regulating its production process, as well as its previous submission to a strict quality control performed by its technical department.

After the approval the wine is allowed to carry the “Porto” appellation, the guarantee seal and the Appellation of Origin label, all issued by the Porto and Douro Wines Institute.
The Institute also aims at defending the appellation of origin and supporting the development of the trade within the consuming markets through the generic worldwide promotion of Port Wine, besides certification and control.

Published 12-09-2013
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