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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  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

  • Touriga Franca

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Touriga Franca (or Touriga Francesa) is one of the major grape varieties used 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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  • Sogrape - Mateus

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

  • Taylor's Port

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

  • Quinta do Castelinho

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

  • Royal Oporto

    Grape growing in the Douro Region dates back to pre-historic times. In Bronze Age burying-grou...

  • C N Kopke & Ca

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

  • Porto Cruz

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

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Douro on Snooth

  • Noval Tinto Douro Red Portugal Douro 2003

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    Coming from a legendary port house, and using the same variatals, this red table wine should not be overshadowed by its fortified older sibling. Noval ports are known for their power and density, and this red table wine effort shows off its ripe fruit with finesse. Juicey fruit flavors mingle with herbacious spiciness that is soaked into the dee... Read More

    Wine review by warnersj


  • Fonseca Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2000

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    Deep and very rich with raisin and black currant notes. Dessert wine sweetness is offset by medium tannins. Not as good as a nice, aged vintage port but still quite a bit of fun and without the 20 year wait. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony


  • Warre Porto Otima 10 Year Old Tawny NV

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    This was amazing! almonds, walnuts, and other nuts are easily in the nose and mouth but not overwhelming. It exudes that port like sweetness that i love and definitely has dried fruits in there. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Quinta de Roriz Red Blend Douro Reserva 2002

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    Wine review by jazzmanATB


  • Quinta de Ventozelo Vinho de Porto Tawny Reserva NV

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    Smooth warm cherry beginning leading up to light prune, tobacco and pomegranate. Beautiful garnet color...reminds me of spending time with my European grandparents... Read More

    Wine review by chiWOWa


  • Graham's 20 Year Old Tawny Port NV

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    Wine review by seba


  • Real Companhia Velha Douro Evel Grande Escolha 2000

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    Wine review by jcoelhoa


  • Dow Tawny Port 10 Years Old NV

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    very nice, slightly oxidized, sweet and supple. Nice Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


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  • Quinta Do Crasto Touriga Nacional Douro 2005

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    O vinho Quinta do Crasto Reserva Vinhas Velhas 2005 foi considerado,este ano, o terceiro melhor do mundo pela revista norte-americana WineSpectator, que, pela primeira vez, classificou um vinho português nos10 melhores do seu ranking anual.fonte: http://top100.winespectator.com/wine-3-08.html Read More

    Wine review by Miguel Ferreira


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