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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  • 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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  • Quinta do Crasto

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

  • Royal Oporto

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

  • Porto Cruz

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

  • Adriano Ramos Pinto Vinhos

    Young artist, who frequented the artistic centre of Oporto, founded the company in 1880 at the ag...

  • Wiese & Krohn Sucrs. Lda

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

  • 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

  • Interesting line up - I've only had the Casal Garcia, both the red Douro and their Vinho verde.  Interested in your thoughts on the red. Read More

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  • Porca de Murca Douro Tinto 2013

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    Quiet red. Not much depth. Moderate to light. A bit acidic, but not overbearing. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Duorum Colheita Douro

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    This was a very expressive and fleshy wine that strengthens and becomes filling. Plenty of red fruits, spice, tar and coffee notes. Medium tannins and balanced acidity drive a lengthy aftertaste. Drink or hold - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Duorum Colheita Douro

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    No written review

    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Altano Duoro 2009

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    Medicinal on day one. I almost scrapped it. Day two, it was blended and smooth. Day three, it started returning to medicinal but it was still drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Quinta Do Portal Douro Reserva Mural 2013

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    Bright magenta and a bit light on the nose. Red fruited with high acidity and light tannins. OK nothing to write home about. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Real Companhia Velha Douro Porca de Murca Red 2014

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    Binny's 3/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Quinta da Padrela Douro 2011

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    Best buy yet from Portugal. This full-bodied red is balanced and made for meat. Great price for under $15 Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2011

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    Typically beautiful coloration of blackberry/black cherry, opaque black/brown goodness with amazing legs! The aromas are still a little young with booze showing immediately, but sugarplum, prune, fig, deep dark berries etc....flavors are nice with sugary plum, quite a bit of alcohol, boysenberry/chokecherry and cherry as well as cranberry/green... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Quinta Do Noval Black Quinta Do Noval Black NV

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    A replacement for LBV to provide an alternative ready to drink now wine. It's got solid fruit, plenty of fruit, balanced alc and tannins. Great with chocolate desserts. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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