The Wines of Portugal


Port wines can seem like a challenging subject. There are all sorts of bottlings: vintage date, late-bottled vintage date, Colheitas, single Quintas, and still others know as ruby reserve, crusted, or white — and let’s not forget the various tawny Ports of 10, 20, 30 and 40 years of age. Why are there so many different bottlings, and where does one begin to explore all of these fortified wines? Thankfully, we had the opportunity to talk with Louisa Fry from the Port and Douro Wines Institute, an inter-professional council of growers and producers from this famous Portugese region.

Join us as we hear about the origins of Port, what it takes to get a vintage declared, and whether it’s called Port or Porto. We’ll also discuss the amazingly steep terraces of Portugal’s Douro region, and the varieties of grapes that are able to be blended into the final product. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without hearing about the optimum time to drink Port.

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13 Responses to “The Wines of Portugal”

  1. 1 cmonkey Nov 10th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    broken link 🙁

  2. 2 GrapeRadio Bunch Nov 10th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    The issue has been resolved. Thank you 🙂

  3. 3 Mike Nov 10th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Great presentation, great wine. Thank you! And by the way, long live to the cork! Buu to plastic.

  4. 4 R.W. Nov 11th, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Excellente! Another wine to re-PORT on. I loved it! All it does is makes me extremely jealous of your jobs on this show.
    Port is one of those wines we all like drinking but don’t seem to know as much about so I appreciate you tackling this topic.

  5. 5 Tanya Shekhovtsova Nov 12th, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    I really appreciate this podcast about port wines of Portugal, which Portugal is famous for throughout the country. Portugal is also an exceptionally beautiful country with best port-wine lodges to visit at leisure.

  6. 6 R.W. Nov 13th, 2008 at 8:11 am

    This show is also good with pairing one of your earlier shows on cork which predominately comes from Portugal. That was a very interesting show as well, since who thinks of that stuff?

  7. 7 Jon Bjork Nov 13th, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Great show! Hey, she mentioned that the U.S. doesn’t protect the word “Port”. Actually, per the March 2006 TTB ruling on semi-generic names, no new label approvals (COLAs) will be granted to any labels using “Port”. The exception is that labels approved prior to the ruling are grandfathered-in and still allowed unless the label is changed enough to require a new COLA.

    A good example of a winery having to get around this is Peltier Station with their new “USB” Zinfandel made in a Port-style.

  8. 8 Roland Nov 14th, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Hi Brian

    Thank you for this show.However please remember next time to talk about the other wines of Portugal.They have great white and red wines which over the last 10 years from the best producers are truly great.They have soften the tannins a bit and so you can drink them younger and the whites have great acidity with a long finish.

    Thanks for the show I enjoyed it as always.

  9. 9 Rustin Nov 23rd, 2008 at 8:52 am

    Just finished listening to this podcast. It was a great informative discussion on port. Thanks!

  10. 10 Dean Nov 28th, 2008 at 6:04 pm


    Thank you for the episode on Port. Though I am just getting my feet wet in wine, listening how the Port is made, classified, etc. plus how to serve is intriguing to say the least.

  11. 11 madeira Mar 17th, 2009 at 8:54 am

    nice show!

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