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. 
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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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  • Roriz

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

  • Touriga Franca

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

Subregions of Douro

  • Porto

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

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  • Quinta do Castelinho

      The Douro Wine Devotion winery is located at Quinta do Castelinho, where the grapes from th...

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

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

  • Antonio Augusto Fernandes

    A Quinta do Vale da Perdiz - Sociedade Agrícola, Lda. foi constituída em 11 de Julho de 2000. Na ...

  • Churchill Graham

    Churchill’s – the First Independent British Port Shipper in over 70 years. Extracted from the ...

  • Cockburn's Port

    Cockburn's (Coh-burns) was founded in 1815 and has grown to become one of the world's great port ...

  • Sogrape - Mateus

    With its current strategic vision SOGRAPE is overseeing a “homecoming”, a return to the character...

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  • Quinta Do Noval Porto Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage 2007


    Rich, deep ruby red/purple/brown tones with a beautiful dark dark fruit aroma profile....hints of licorice/chocolate, and loads of black cherry. The flavors are amazingly deep and fruity, Earthy, tannic. The mouthfeel is as though there has been heavy cream added to the fermentation process....Simply gorgeous LBV Port and as of late 2015, this... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Hi Nelson,My wife and I spent 2 weeks in Portugal in the fall of 2013, including 5 days in the Douro Valley. In the Douro, we stayed at the Aquapuro Douro Hotel.  Of all the wine regions we have visited, I believe the Douro is the most spectacular.  The vineyards rising up from the river were breathtaking.  When looking at them from close range ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Portugal Wine Travel Stories

  • Hello Al,This trip sounded wonderful and yes you need to come back to experience the Douro Valley. Let me know if I can help . Read More

    Forum post in the topic Portugal Wine Travel Stories

  • We did a trip to Portugal and Spain back in 2008 but wine wasn't the focus ... would have loved to tour the Douro Valley. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Portugal Wine Travel Stories

  • Hello DMCKER,Thanks for your message. I can absolutely understand that you ... ... copy here an excerpt of my Douro Valley Wine Travel guide. I  am sure you can find plenty of good information there.You can read the whole article hereDuring the first couple of weeks of July 2015, I was a guest of Wine Tourism in Portugal in the Douro Valley. M... Read More

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  • Quinta Do Portal Port Blend Porto Vintage 2007


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Niepoort Port Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2009


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  • Quinta Do Noval Black Port


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    Wine review by quantrill37

  • Calem Porto Rose


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    Wine review by JeffS23

  • Calem Fine White Porto NV


    I bought this bottle of wine a while ago from the website ... is a fortified wine from the Douro valley in northern Portugal. Most are red but a few are white like this one. Calem is an old and distinguished port house. I served my bottle chilled this evening with some bread and cheese and I did enjoy it.It is sweet and sticky with a sour peach... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Sandeman have got a fantastic Wine Centre - Quinta do Seixo - in the Douro. For more info check out their site at ... 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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  • The GPS coordninates that have been uploaded for the Douro are not accurate. The following GPS coordinates would be correct: Latitude: N 41º10’4.44”; Longitude: W 7º33’18.36”

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