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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Portugal’s recently much-modernized second city and the commercial centre, known in Portuguese as Porto, which gave its name to port. Grapes grown in the harsh conditions up river of Oporto in the douro Valley would be crushed and vinified before being shipped to port shippers’ lodges across the Douro from Oporto in the suburb known as vila nova de gaia. Oporto has long had a substantial population of British merchants, whose meeting place the factory house survives to this day.

The portugieser red grape is sometimes known as Oporto in Romania.