What do you need to know about Porto wine?

Elisa Baltazar

Do you think you know everything about Porto wine? Part of its magic is also in its story.

Not many people know this but, although Porto is a Portuguese wine, produced with 100% Portuguese grapes, its most famous producers are British and Scottish.

It’s said that it was discovered by the sons of an English merchant who came to Portugal to study wine production. They stayed overnight at a monastery in Douro region and that’s how they found out about the “priest’s wine”. Then they started exporting it, using the port at Oporto city to ship it and registering it as “Porto wine”, hence its name.

Porto wine can be very confusing with all its categories and subcategories. Tawny, Ruby and Vintage are the most common ones, but what are really its differences (beside the price)?

Tawny and Ruby are the two main categories, while Vintage Porto is a subtype of Ruby Porto made from the harvest of a single year. Its name results not only from being “old” but mostly for being so superb and exceptional.

People from Douro, its demarcated wine region, usually say “A Tawny is made by man with the help of God, a Vintage is made by God with the help of man.”

The difference between “Tawny” and “Ruby” is its ageing process. Both are made with red grapes in the same way, but Ruby wines are normally aged between 2 to 10 years, while Tawny can be aged from 5 to 150 years! Their names are a direct result of their color.

There are still two other categories for Porto wine, White Port, made with white grapes and Porto Rosé, also called Pink Porto, made with peeled red grapes. This last one is said to be an invention of the 21st century, so it’s not recognised by everyone.

Want to make Porto wine even more delicious? Usually drank as a dessert, Twany is a great pairing for for nuts, soft cheeses, caramel, fig or dried fruit flavors, while Ruby is great with desserts, dark chocolate, strong cheeses and spiced aromas. White Porto and Rosé Porto make a good combination with fish and sea food.

If you want to know more about this wine or, more importantly, to taste Porto wine don’t miss our Porto wine tasting tour or our Porto Wine Cocktail workshop.

On this workshop you will be able to taste Porto without any mixings, you will learn how to do cocktails at home to surprise your friends or just enjoy yourself the possibilities of this exquisite wine and you will learn more about food pairings for each type of Porto.


Article adapted and posted at Foodiebookings.com

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