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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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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  • Churchill Graham

    Churchill’s – the First Independent British Port Shipper in over 70 years. Extracted from the ...

  • Wiese & Krohn Sucrs. Lda

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

  • 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...

  • Dow's

    Currently six members of the Symington family are fully engaged in the management of Dow’s, they ...

  • 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

  • Ramos Pinto Late Bottled Vintage Portwein 2008

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    Intense ruby coloration and with striking legs, this has loads of juicy Welch's grape juice and plum/raisin fruits on the aromas....slightly boozy upon opening but this mellows out shortly thereafter. The flavors follow suit and along with all of the aforementioned characteristics, there is a very nice licorice root/Earthy quality about it....n... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Dow's Fine Tawny Port 2006

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Cottas Reserva Douro 2012

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Churchill's Estates Douro Red 2011

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    Excellent wine. Floral in spades with rich blackberry, Damson plum, spice and herbal tones with smooth sweetish black cherry tannins flowing on good finishing acidity that flows into a lingering finish. Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • RC - The Hazana Vines Viejas Rioja wine would be my choice, followed by the Churchill Estates Douro 2011 bottle.  I do enjoy Spanish and Portuguese wines quite a bit.Last night we attended a big ballet performance at The Kennedy Center.  It was the 40th anniversary celebration of The Washington Ballet and for this single performance they pulled ... Read More

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  • I had nearly the opposite happen just last night - I was literally stunned to ... ... an absolutely wonderful Douro from Churchill Estates (my 5th of 6 bottles) to be part of an old world tasting last night.A great cook - graduated from CIA Minneapolis 2014 and the son of a good friend - brought 2 friends at the school over with him. They bro... Read More

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  • Casa Ferreirinha Douro Tinto Papas Figos 2014

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Casa Ferreirinha Douro Tinto Papas Figos 2014

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Some new wines received today.A couple of dailies (Douro & Malbec) , The '13 Jaffurs Syrah, the SLH (After the '13 success the '014 was a no brainer), the '14 Neyers Left Bank Red was a curiosity buy because I like them and the 2 '14 Halcon wines (They've made a believer out of me.) Petit Sirah & Estate Syrah. Read More

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  • Actually this was a last weekend wine - just haven't had a chance:Left to ...  Church HIlls Estates Douro 2011.  Pow!  Floral in spades with rich blackberry, Damson plum, spice and herbal tones with a sweetish dark cherry tannic finish that rides excellent acidity for a lingering finis Read More

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