Different styles of Port
The way Port is aged will shape its character and style.
Broadly, Port falls into two categories: Wood-aged and bottle-aged. The vast majority of Ports are wood-aged, meaning that they are fully matured in oak casks or vats and are ready to drink when bottled. Bottle-aged Ports, on the other hand, are those that spend only a short time in wood and then continue to age in bottle. Vintage Port is by far the most important category of bottle-aged Port although, as it represents only the very finest wines of the best years, the amount produced is very limited.
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