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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Varietals Produced in Douro View all

  • 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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Douro View all

  • Wiese & Krohn Sucrs. Lda

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

  • 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 ...

  • Antonio Augusto Fernandes

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

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

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

  • Quinta do Crasto

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

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Douro on Snooth

  • Ferreira Port Blend Porto Vintage 1995

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    Wine review by daperis


  • Taylor Fladgate First Estate Port NV

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    Very dark in colour. This sweet, full bodied port has hints of black currant, blackberry, plums and ground pepper. Medium acidity and soft tannins. Goes very well with chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by katrinnalouise


  • Taylor's Vintage Port 1985

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    Very light rhubarb color with a pink rim. This could have used some time in a decanter to deliver more color/body/complexity. Smoky and spicy cinnamon scents lead to a thin and sweet frame of strawberry flavors that are light-bodied, elegant and balanced. Not what Id expect from a Taylor or a top notch 85, this was more reminiscent of a 1975 VP ... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Ferreira Port Blend Porto Vintage 1995

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    Wine review by Fabio Leal


  • Dow's Vintage Port 1970

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    (from Magnum) What a great gift to take to dinner across from Vesuvio while meeting Herman and Ellie Gerdingh from The Netherlands. Ruby centered with a pink edge, there was a significant amount of alcohol on the nose along with cinnamon spice, wintergreen mint and plum notes that were slightly overshadowed by the spirit. Still, pretty heady stu... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Quinta Do Noval Port Blend Porto Vintage 1963

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    Light orange-pinkish hue showing lots of evolution. Christian mentioned that there was too much produced in terms of extraordinary yields from this particular vintage. The 1963 is showing pretty mature, mostly Tawny nuances of figs and caramel with some alcohol on the unimpressive and hot finish that had a medicinal edge to the aftertaste. It wa... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Taylors Vintage Port 1955

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    Like anyone else, I dont always wind up drinking perfect bottles of Vintage Port and I feel it is important to include tasting notes on the bottles that do not show properly. This is such a bottle and it was evident immediately upon decanting, just by looking at the color. I was at a friends home in celebration of his birthday and was asked to d... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Fonseca Vintage Port 1977

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    This was the grand finale on the fabulous first evening at The Woodlands at Nemacolin Resort in PA. We did not do it justice as this needs LOTS of decanting time and this was my fault, as it did not get decanted ahead and I should have mentioned that prior to our departure from Pittsburgh. Anyway, it did get nearly five hours of decanting ... bu... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Fonseca Vintage Port 1994

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    Totally black/purple in color showing wild flowers, lush violets and a mild lactic nuance on the nose. As much as I liked the 1985 this was another breed altogether. It has a more classic Fonseca structure and poise, given its decade in the bottle. Dense, chewy blackberry flavors that tail off to the plum spectrum and provide waves of juicy, rip... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


  • Cockburn's Vintage Port 1994

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    Dark eggplant color. The nose really had me going with figs, dates and mocha initially and some anise showed up later with a touch of espresso beans. The palate was not as exciting, although solid at this point. The '94 exhibits a medium-body with black cherry, Kirsch and rich dark chocolate undertones. This is a puzzling wines in that I had an ... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh


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