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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Varietals Produced in Douro View all

  • Tinta Barroca

  • 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...

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 de Ventozelo

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

  • Quinta do Crasto

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

  • C N Kopke & Ca

    Established in 1638 by Chrisiiano Kopke (from Germany) and his son (who came lo Portugal as repre...

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

    Portugal's Douro Valley is one of the most spectacular wine growing regions in the world. Its bea...

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

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

  • Niepoort Vinhos

    Niepoort’s mission is to preserve the niche player position and continue to create great Port ...

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Douro on Snooth

  • 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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    No written review

    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


  • Vinha da Urze Douro 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Calais for 6 euros.It comes from ... from the valley of the river Douro in northern Portugal,an area well known for port production,but table wines such as this are also made.It is from the Vinha da Urze estate,one of six properties operated by CARM.This estate is 320 metres above sea level and has 1... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2004

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    This wine pours a deep ruby color with rusty tinges around the rim....it has nice clarity and excellent legs! The aromas are of deep blackberry, cherry, hints of licorice and leather belt, and the finish has an ounce of booziness and it does linger....fresh! The flavors are more subtle and simple with fresh boysenberry, dark cherry, blackberry... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Quinta Dos Murcas Minas Douro 2015

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    Light red cherry aromas underlying an earthy spice. Spiced, bold and full bodied with refreshing acidity and a creamy texture, raspberry and cranberry flavors and a finish of light smoke. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Encostas de Favaios Branco Douro

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    Frutado Ideal para acompanhar doces Read More

    Wine review by LJBT


  • Calheiros Cruz Memórias Douro

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    No written review

    Wine review by joan974


  • 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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