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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  • Touriga Franca

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

  • 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...

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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  • Churchill Graham

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

  • Antonio Augusto Fernandes

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

  • Manoel D. Pocas Junior Vinhos

    The success attained with the Coroa D'ouro and our rising expertise in the production of Douro wi...

  • Cockburn's Port

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

  • Quinta do Castelinho

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

  • Taylor's Port

    There is more to drinking port than formal dining and long speeches. In fact, Taylor's can offer ...

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Douro on Snooth

  • Quinta Dos Murcas Margem Douro 2015

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    Bold and rich aromas, full of dark earth and savory spice. Richly textured and brooding on the palate with a blackberry and black currant fruit blend, gripping tannins and smoky earth towards the finish. Serious, big and bold. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Presidential Ruby Port NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by effell


  • Presidential Ruby Port NV

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    This definitely is value for money.I bought this in w York.Thats what I call Port. Rich and smooth.Sorry Taylor's this beats even you. Read More

    Wine review by effell


  • Magalhaes Vintage Porto 2000

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    I bought this bottle of port from the website ... £12.Port wine is from thje Douro valley in northern Portugal and takes its name from the City of Oporto at the mouth of that river.It is a fortified wine because brandy is added to arrest the fermentation process. My bottle was made at Quinta do Silval,a small family concern in this area who use... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of ... of ... (Rita Ferreira) 2009 Douro Branco  |  4 in stock  |  $19.99 Ambiz, Vinos 2010 Madrid Titulciano  |  2 in stock  |  $19.99 Els Jelipins 2007 Vi de Taula Sumoll  |  1 in stock  |  $69.99 Els Jelipins 2009 Vi de Taula Sumoll Gloria and Berta Garriga make Els... Read More

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  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage Unfiltered 2008

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    Fonseca ports at this level are approachable earlier than most. This is ready now - Plenty of fruit, a little spice, effortless tannins and good acidity - a pleasure to drink. Hold or drink - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage Unfiltered 2008

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    Wine review by effell


  • Palestra Douro 2013

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    Smooth and easy to drink; this show plum, blackberry, smoke and oak, with mild tannins and good acidity. Drink now - 88 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Palestra Douro 2013

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    Wine review by effell


  • Lets start with Friday - after a less than fun week at workCaught up with ... ... well with the Tapas and the Douro was not bad - both a step down from the first 2 but still excellent food wines and very enjoyableA quick glass of Pinot back at East End to finish a pleasant eveningSat next po 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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  • 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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