Douro Wine

This region, named for the river, is best known for its reds that are specially selected to go into Port. However, excellent still wines have also emerged from this region. It runs from the Spanish-Portugal border up along the Douro to the town of Porto. Production dates back to Roman times, when monks planted vines on the steep slopes.

The turning point in its history came in 1703 with the Treaty of Methuen (Methwen) when England and Portugal worked out a discounted exchange rate for wine to England and textiles to Portugal. English wine importers then began to classify Port and the area was divided into three sections: 
 
*Baixo Corgo, the coolest and wettest, with the fewest grapes grown specifically for Port.
*Cima Corgo, the higher region surrounding the town of Pinhao. This is the heart and soul of the Douro and the main Port quintas are situated here. This is where most of the higher quality tawny, late bottle vintage and vintage Ports are produced. 
*Douro Superior, the Read more »

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I am a Certified Specialist of Wine and uncertified Wine Geek! As a Snoother, I hope to raise awareness for smaller, lesser-known but quality driver producers. Major regions I specialize in include Washington, California, Tuscany, Bordeaux, and the Douro

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Varietals Produced in Douro View all

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

  • Touriga Franca

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Touriga Franca (or Touriga Francesa) is one of the major grape varieties used t...

  • Tinta Barroca

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

Subregions of Douro

  • Porto

    Porto (or Oporto, or Port) is Portugal’s second largest city, located at the mouth of the Douro...

Popular Wineries in Douro View all

  • Quinta do Vallado

    Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the ...

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

    Since 1999, Quinta de Ventozelo belongs to the Spanish group Proinsa. The property is located in ...

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

    Barros Porto is recognized and appreciated all over the world. A great deal of its high awareness...

  • Adriano Ramos Pinto Vinhos

    Young artist, who frequented the artistic centre of Oporto, founded the company in 1880 at the ag...

  • Calèm

    Porto Cálem is one of the highest awareness Port Wine brands, among more than 40 others. Almost a...

  • Quinta do Castelinho

    With the creation of the Douro Trading Centre in 1986, it becomes possible ageing and exporting P...

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Douro on Snooth

  • Azul Portugal Douro 2008

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    Imported by: Iberia Wines & Spirits CtTouriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca Pretty floral aromas on the nose compete with some raw wood notes for ones attention. A touch soft in the mouth, though big, round and seamless, this is a chewy wine with earthy, bitter apple skin laced, dry fruit flavors that come off as both a ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Dow's Douro Vale Do Bomfim 2011

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    Imported by: Premium Port Wines Inc SF50% Tinta Barroca, 20% Touriga Nacional, 15% Touriga Franca, 15% Tinta Roriz Spicy and dark on the nose with hints of resin, raw meat, and lots of cracked pepper spice accenting the core of carob fruit. Soft, clean and pure in the mouth, this is not complex but has a great texture and subtle flavors that ble... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quinta de la Rosa douRosa Douro 2011

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    Imported by: Winesellers Ltd. IL35% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca, 30% Tinta Roriz A bit beefy on the nose with some herbs de provence notes and a nice base of dried cherry and blue plum fruit wrapped up in subtle oak shadings. Juicy, bright and a bit chewy in the mouth, just past medium bodied this remains transparent and bright on the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Niepoort Twisted Douro 2012

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    Imported by: Polaner Selections NYTouriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and others A bit candied on the nose with notes of cola, violet pastille and some gamy, leathery base notes laced around bright cherry and plum fruits. Soft, rich and easy going in the mouth,this is very well balanced with hints of coffee and wood spic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quinta Do Passadouro Passa 2011

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    Imported by: Winebow NY40% Touriga Franca, 30% Tinta Roriz, 30% Tinta Nacional A touch woody and slightly funky on the nose with a blend of chocolate, leather, and astringent red fruit aromas. Rich, smooth, low acid and polished in the mouth, this opens with some dry tannins covered in cherry and bitter chocolate flavors. the acidity is modest, ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Casa Ferreirinha Papa Figos Douro 2012

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    Imported by: Broadbent Selections SF40% Tinta Roriz, 30% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Barroca, 10% Touriga Nacional A touch subdued on the nose though the aromas of vanilla, milk chocolate, dusty spices and dried cherries with a hint of espresso are both well balanced and very attractive. the nose gains lovely violet and plum aromas with a little b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Presidential White Blend Porto

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    Excellent as a spritzer. refreshing! Read More

    Wine review by ealvara2


  • Taylor Fladgate First Estate Port NV

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    For a NV Ruby, or any Ruby, this one is a beauty and good Lord, how inexpensive. Very intense and concentrated, lovely thick burgundy color, bits of chocolate, fudge, liquorice, and anise. A deep jammy Plum taste. Still seems very young and will be very interesting to see how and if this ages well. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Crasto 2011

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    Don't not let the modesty of this entry fool you: here is a wine with wonderful berry and plum nose with a savage nature that compels and does not alienate. The palate is soft, luscious and just a teeny bit sweet with blackberry, wild huckleberry and other flavors of a wilder state. Balanced, full with a hint of bitters, this wine is a steal.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Greg is going to give the wine-comic a run for his money!Greg, I had the Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva old vine 2006 last night.  Darn good. Read More

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  • Sandeman have got a fantastic Wine Centre - Quinta do Seixo - in the Douro. For more info check out their site at http://www.sandeman.eu/visitus/douro ... There's nothing like sipping a chilled glass of white Porto at six o' clock in the afternoon, with the majestic Douro river just a couple of hundred feet away!!!

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