You cannot call a fortified wine a Port unless it is made in the Douro region of Portugal. Port Wines are produced by stopping the fermentation process, adding grape brandy, aging the wine in wood, and then exposing it to some oxidation. This produces a taste of dried fruits and toast. Click "read more" to learn more about the five different types of Port.read more
Different types of Port:
- Vintage Port is made only in those years when the grapes achieve near total perfection and receive no processing other than two years of barrel aging.
- Late Bottled Vintage Port (LBV) port is made of grapes from a single, and aged in barrels for four to six years.
- Tawny Port is a blend that has been kept in barrels eight to twenty years to mellow. It has a velvet texture and a rich flavor, and its color is light, and brown.
- Ruby Port is aged for several years before bottling.
- White Port is not very common, but some Port is white.
Because ports can be aged anywhere from 10-40 years by the time they are purchased, their flavors run the spectrum between dry and sweet.