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

  • 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

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

  • Sogrape - Mateus

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

  • Quinta do Castelinho

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

  • Niepoort Vinhos

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

  • Wiese & Krohn Sucrs. Lda

    Wiese & Krohn's estate Quinta do Retiro Novo is located in Sarzedinho, a very small village in th...

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Douro on Snooth

  • 1979 Kopke Colheita Port 1979

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    Finished lunch at Marcello's with this. Wish I had been able to try this as part of a tasting flight. Seemed wonderfully complex, though distinctly different than a typical Tawny. Beautiful medium dark amber in the glass. Plenty of dried figs, golden raisin, then a vanilla maple and pecan sweetness. Seems 'thinner' in the mouth than a typical Ta... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Quinta Do Portal Colheita Douro 2011

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    I liked it. Great price point. 92 rating-WS. A little lighter in body than I am used to drinking, but nonetheless respectable. Would buy again. Well balanced. Somewhat dry. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Quinta Do Noval Porto Noval Black NV

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    Nice, smooth, easy drinking port. Ripe plums, raisins, a hint of anise, low to medium tannins and a medium finish. This held up well over the course of two weeks. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Real Companhia Velha Vinho Do Porto Don Jose Tinto Aloirado NV

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... 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 because brandy is added to arrest the fermentation process.Real Companhia Velha,also known as the Royal Oporto Wine Company,is the oldest Port W... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Callabriga Douro Red 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by orangegroves


  • Quinta Do Portal Colheita Douro 2011

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    Pretty red color in the glass. Fairly modest nosesome berry, some nuttiness. Not offensive at all on introduction to the palate. Again, only a hint of berry fruit flavor. A bit of tarry bitterness around the edge of the tongue. A very lean and angular wine. Negligible tannin. Mid-to-light on the acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Not bad for $13; what is the vintage?  I like the wines from the Douro region. Read More

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  • Feist Tawny Port None

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    Fine for cooking. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Fonseca Porto 10 Year Old Tawny 2013

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    Had this at Trombino's along side the Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny...Both are amazingly good, Fonseca is both in appearance and taste more of a 'Ruby' than the Taylor Fladgate. That is not to say it is, just that Taylor Fladgate has more of the typical tastes of a Tawny,raisin fruit, wood...whereas the Fonseca tastes to me more of the Ruby ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Quinta de la Rosa Dourosa Douro 2012

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    Dry and fresh, with savory beef jerky and poppy seed aromas mixed with ripe pear and cherry - very interesting opening for a white wine. The palate is more classic, showing peach pit and apricot flavors, pencil shavings and tart minerality. The dried fruit flavors are well integrated with acidity here, making for an interesting wine without bein... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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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