Port wine originates in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and as a main feature, we can establish the strength it has to withstand and resist different temperatures, important aspect in commercial trade with long routes centuries ago
It is in the Alto Douro wine regions in Portugal, which historically produces a lot of wine from large tracts of vineyards, but it is in England where its flavor is more noticeable and where it becomes more popular.
This expansion was prompted mainly by given times of shortage of wine in England, first by wars and other conflicts in Europe, and second, because the vinho do Porto was available in seasons in which French wine was not
The brandy component that is incorporated during fermentation of Port wine, is the key to providing this type of wine a much sweeter taste while constituting a higher alcohol beverage.
For the connoisseurs, the types of this wine are distinguished by their bodies, tone, freshness, aging, youth and fruity flavors with hints, or dryness. From these characteristics, we list several of the most popular types, among which are:
Full Wine: retinto
Red Wine: Red
Ruby Wine: Red Gold
Tawny Wine: Dorado
Tawny Wine Light: light gold
Today, the most important zone as far as wine is concerned in Portugal, is Vila Nova de Gaia, where most wineries that offer tastings and sell wine from different classes, clients and stakeholders in the wine tourism or wine routes concentrate.
Some of the wineries that we want to highlight today are:
Wineries Rozès, Inc.
Located at Rua Cândido dos Reis, 526-532, in Vila Nova de Gaia, is a winery specializing in port wine.
Reservations are required and is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:00 / 13:30 to 16:30
This winery has historically marketed directly porto wine in Bordeaux, which brought it much success and notoriety, to the point that their descendants created the brand Rozès, which today has a national and international presence.
They cater especially to try to control the different stages of wine and take care of the integrity of those stages. This process begins trying to optimize in the same planting the vineyard, and then let an appropriate age when bottling wines.
Bodegas J. W. Burmester
This Winery also specialized in port wine, is within the same region, Vila Nova de Gaia, they are open to the public in Ponte D. Long Luiz 1, in the months between April and October,
This winery has a hearth that the rest do not have, as they began their establishment as wineries in 1750, all its wines are known and by the great excellence of their preparation.
On Avenida Ramos Pinto, 70, also of Vila Nova de Gaia, we have a port wine cellar that is open every day from 10:00 to 12:30 / 14:00 to 18:00
The legendary name that gives visibility to this brand is definitely Ferreira Dona Antonia, whose personality and charisma, overcame many adversities in the nineteenth century.
They say that this wine acquires symbols of strength, passion and heart, making it one of the best wines of the area.
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