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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  • 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...

  • Touriga Nacional

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

  • Tinta Barroca

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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  • Adriano Ramos Pinto Vinhos

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

  • Porto Cruz

      Porto Cruz is one of the most recognized brands of Port, produced in the Douro Valley of P...

  • Manoel D. Pocas Junior Vinhos

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

  • Calèm

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

  • Quinta do Crasto

    Quinta do Crasto is located on the right bank of the river Douro, halfway between Régua and Pinhã...

  • Quinta do Castelinho

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

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Douro on Snooth

  • Dow's Master Blend Finest Reserve Port NV

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    I got given this bottle of wine back at Christmas and have no idea where my ... paid.Port wine is from the Douro valley in northern Portugal and takes its name from the city at the mouth of that river. It is a fortified wine where brandy/grape spirit is added to arrest the fermentation process. It has a very long history going back hundreds of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • La Rosa Douro Portugal 2018

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    What a wonderful job of blending: not too sweet and not too dry but delicately delicious Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Monte Cascas Grande Reserva Douro 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • A couple of days ago I had the Quinta da Romaneira 2009 (Douro).  Excellent.  Had it because it was mature and bought recently as a surprise find at the John B Pub in South Coquitlam (several kilometres from our current home).  You may not hear from me much for a few days as we are in the process of finalizing the sale of our home (unless someth... Read More

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  • Quinta da Romaneira Tinto 2009

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    The 2009 Quinta da Romaneira (Douro, Tinto, or red) is deep cherry red - almost ruby port-like in the glass. The scent of this wine is of sweet, sun-dried raisins, Kirsch, and a hint of drying tobacco. The entry is very smooth (mature) with a semi-dry, Kirsch-like flavour profile. Delicious. We will be back. 91. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Quinta Das Carvalhas Douro Touriga Nacional 2014

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    In the glass, the rim shows a clean deep cherry red; the core of the liquid is almost opaque blackness. Lovers of Port will recognize the grapey-cigar nose topped with wild blueberries in the pail (Ruby Port). Cherry notes develop with a swirl or two. Entry is rich with black fruit such as huckleberry and there is a good dollop of tannin - thoug... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Graham's Late Bottled Vintage 2008

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    The coloration would be a murky rusty brown Earth with a tawny ring around the rim. The aromas are of spicy alcohol upfront before any swirling, with black cherry and concord sweetness. Flavors are pretty close to the aromas with sweet cherry, spiced vanilla, subtle dry oak making up the bulk along with dark chocolate and deep plummy fruits on... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Duas Quintas Douro Clássico Tinto Red 2015

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    Binny's 12/2018. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Quinta Do Noval Port Colheita Tawny Porto 2000

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Warre's Port Tawny Otima 20 Year 2010

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    I was given this bottle of wine and have no idea where my benefactor got it ... paid.Port wine is from the 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 as brandy is added to arrest the fermentation process.Tawny port is a style of port where there is a long aging... 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 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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