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Port tasting in Oporto, Portugal

Indy 67 | Jun 18, 2013 02:49 PM

My husband and I are going to be visiting Oporto, Portugal for one day this summer and we want to do a tasting. There are a considerable number of port houses in a centralized area in the city but I don't know enough about port to know which house/s to visit based on quality. (I realize the samples offered as part of the tour will be the lowest grade, but I've read that, for a fee, many of the houses offer tastes of their vintage port.)

The following brands have facilities in the city of Oporto, although I don't know if all of them have public tasting rooms and/or tours:
Grahams
Ferreria
Ramos-Pinto
Sandeman
Noval
Calem
Wiese & Krohn
Offley
Cockburn
Burmester
Fonseca
Barros
Taylor's
Rozes
Real Companhia Velhia

Please recommend one or two brands to try based on the quality of the port itself. Things like free tastings VS paid tastings or the availability of a tour are not factors, although comments about personal experience visiting any of these places are welcome.

Finally, there's a Wine Institute in the city that offers for-a-fee tastings of wine and port from all the Duoro-area labels. If we decide to go that route, does anyone have any recommendations for must-taste ports regardless of label?

Lots of questions, but we hope to get the most out of our visit to Oporto. Thanks!

(Originally posted in Spirits, but a kind 'Hound recommended I try this board.)

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