Portugal, Porto and especially the Douro Valley are world famous for its predominantly red port wine. The history of wine growing in the Douro Valley dates back to the 13th century and, in the broadest sense, to the ancient Romans. The name "Porto" was first documented around 1680, when priests created the first edible port wine. A neutral alcohol was added to the wine during fermentation to stop fermentation and maintain a certain amount of residual sugar, which determines the sweetness of the wine. In general, port wine is rather sweet and is often drunk both as an aperitif before a meal, during the meal as a food companion or after the meal with dessert, the latter being certainly its most popular "application".
There are now more than 80 grape varieties approved for port wine production. It is only after two years that port wine is tasted for the very first time and a decision is made about the further aging process.
For red port, there is Ruby (bottle-aged port) and Tawny style (barrel-aged port). For white port, the categories are very sweet, sweet, semi-dry, dry and very dry. As a special gift, a port wine in gift box is sure to score points with any wine lover. Browse through the fine selection of top Portuguese wines and discover the right port for you or your loved ones!