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Kopke White Port, Portugal

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Average Price $17 (USD)
(Approx, ex-tax, all vintages)

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Grape Variety: Port Blend White

White Ports are blended together using a number of grape varieties. The precise identity of these, and the proportion each represents in the final blend, may not be known even to the winemaker.

Because Portugal's wine industry has adopted regulation and legally enforced controls in the past few decades, tradition still has a strong influence on how wines are made and vineyards are managed. Tradition, here, means co-planted varieties and field blends (wines made from whatever combination of varieties happen to occur in the source vineyard). So, while the New World wine regions were proudly leading the charge towards varietal winemaking, Portugal remained entrenched in age-old viticultural and winemaking techniques. As a result, t ... more

Region Hierarchy
  • White Port wine region

    White port is a polarizing style of port produced by every major house on the Douro river. The style, often derided by traditionalists, has become increasingly popular as a chilled aperitif and mixing agent in cocktails. Typically inexpensive, white port is almost universally produced to a medium (or higher) sweetness level. Higher residual sugar levels are responsible for the sweetness and alcohol levels tend to be 2–3% lower than red-port styles. The wine receives little or no maceration during fermentation.

    Of the 50 or so varieties permitted in a white-port blend, only half are actually white grapes. However, the red grapes that may be used are considered to be of lesser quality than the varieties permitted in the more prestigious vintage port. ... more

  • Oporto wine region

    Oporto (Porto), Portugal’s second-largest city, is the spiritual home of Port wine. Located in northern Portugal, Oporto marks the point at which the Duoro river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Oporto has been of great historical importance to the European wine trade since the Anglo-Franco trade wars of the 17th century. During that time the London market developed a taste for the dark, 'blackstrap' wines that were shipped out of the city. The old Oporto city center is a ... more

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