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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  • 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...

  • 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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  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

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

  • Delaforce Port Vinhos S.A.

    The Delaforces are an old family of Huguenot origin which can trace its history back over 700 yea...

  • Antonio Augusto Fernandes

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

  • 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...

  • Manoel D. Pocas Junior Vinhos

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

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Douro on Snooth

  • 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


  • Quinta Do Crasto Touriga Nacional Douro 2005

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    Wine review by Miguel Ferreira


  • Quinta Do Vale Meandro 2005

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    I've been drinking mostly whites since the summer. Now that summer is well ... ... favor of the Portuguese, so Douro it was. I was not disappointed. From the blackberry nose to the gamy, apple-ish finish, this Meandro is an entirely different sumo wrestler of a red wine. It's big and it's definitely got a sense of place with its chalky, pucker... Read More

    Wine review by redatom


  • Quinta Do Vallado Douro 2005

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    Deep purple. Medium nose of cassis, eucalyptus. Dry with medium acid, low-medium tannin, medium body. Almost chalky structure with blackcurrant and mushroom or mould on the palate, white pepper. Medium length. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray


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