Port is a fortified and typically a sweet red wine, but also comes in dry, semi-dry and white  varieties. It is often served as a dessert wine. Fortified wines that are similar in style to Port are produced all around the world – in Australia, South Africa, Canada, India, Argentina and the United States. Under European Union guidelines, however, only the product from Portugal may be labelled as true Port.  Port is produced from grapes grown and processed in the demarcated Douro region. The wine is fortified with the addition of a Brandy (distilled grape spirits) known as Aguardente in order to stop the fermentation. This leaves a quantity of residual sugar in the wine and to boosts the alcohol content. The wine is then stored and aged, often in barrels stored in caves (Portuguese meaning "cellars") before being bottled. The wine received its name "Port" in the latter half of the 17th century from the seaport city of Porto at the mouth of the Douro River, where much of the product was brought to market or for export to other countries in Europe. The Douro valley where Port wine is produced was defined and established as a protected region, or appellation in 1756 — making it the third oldest defined and protected wine region in the world after Tokaji (1730) and Chianti (1716).  Today, Port, along with Sherry, probably represents some of the best value wine in the world.  We are delighted to offer a selection of some of the best wines produced in this magical way.

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