Fri 11 Dec 2015

NEW Port Infographic: Demystifying a Christmas Favourite


A bottle of port is seldom far away from most Christmas dining tables, usually savoured after dinner with a piece of Stilton. The French and Spanish, however, enjoy port throughout the year, offering as it does an array of styles and food-matching possibilities. Like sherry and Madeira, port is, we believe, not just for Christmas.

Port drinkers have access to a wealth of flavours, complexity and diversity, thanks to a number of different styles. A drink with a rich history, port’s story is a complicated one.

At the time of year when most of us reach for it, therefore, we thought it would be a good idea to demystify as much as possible. Alongside our How To Buy Port guide, we now have a new infographic.


View the infographic in full size
(You may need to click the image once again to magnify it, depending on your browser)

Alternatively, you can view the infographic in PDF format here.

In it you’ll find a basic rundown of the different types of port and how their ageing differs from one style to the other, as well as the main criteria for ports’ different classifications and what they mean.

For those members that are wanting to pick up some ports especially for Christmas we also include ratings of the best recent vintages. We hope you find it useful.

Hugo Fountain
Trainee Campaign Manager

You can view our range of ports under fortified wines on our website.

Categories : Port


  1. Ian godfrey says:

    Your port infographic does not open – 404, at least on ipad

  2. Nick Hurman says:

    Sorry this doesn’t work either. Still get a 404.

  3. Nicola Carter says:

    It’s a shame that the infographics (this and the Champagne one) don’t print well.

  4. Derek Wright says:

    Image quality can be improved dramatically by downloading the PDF then opening it in Preview and then use the Tools – Adjust Color to increase contrast and increase colour saturation – then it prints very nicely

  5. c morison says:

    It would be good to have some guidance as to how long port will survive after decanting. Also, the same information for sherries, and other fortified wines, since such info is hard to come by easily.

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