Definition - What does Port mean?

Port is a type of fortified wine that was originally produced in the Duoro region of Portugal. Port wine gets its name from Oporto, Portugal. This type of wine has a rich, sweet, and fortified flavor which is different from other wines found in the region. Given their sweet taste, port wines are generally served as desert wines. These wines have dry, semi-dry and white varieties but they are heavy and high in alcohol content in comparison to unfortified wines, with an average alcohol by volume ratio of 19%.

WineFrog explains Port

Port wines have a higher alcohol content due to the addition of distilled grape spirits used to fortify the wine and stop the fermentation before all the sugar is converted to alcohol. They have 20-24% alcohol content, which is much higher than other red and white wines that average at about 12-14%.

Fortified wines similar to port wines are produced in various parts of the world including the US, the UK, Australia, India, France, Canada, Argentina and beyond. In European countries, only the wine made in Portugal are labelled as port or porto while in the US, other wines can also use the name. Port wines have several variations and can be made through both aging and non-aging processes. Other fortified wines include Sherry, Marsala and Madeira.

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