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

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

  • 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 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

  • Taylor's Port

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

  • Delaforce Port Vinhos S.A.

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

  • Porto Cruz

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

  • Calèm

    Porto Cálem is one of the highest awareness Port Wine brands, among more than 40 others. Almost a...

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

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

  • Quinta do Castelinho

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

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Douro on Snooth

  • Fonseca Porto 10 Year Old Tawny 2013

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    Had this at Trombino's along side the Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny...Both are amazingly good, Fonseca is both in appearance and taste more of a 'Ruby' than the Taylor Fladgate. That is not to say it is, just that Taylor Fladgate has more of the typical tastes of a Tawny,raisin fruit, wood...whereas the Fonseca tastes to me more of the Ruby ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Quinta de la Rosa Dourosa Douro 2012

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    Dry and fresh, with savory beef jerky and poppy seed aromas mixed with ripe pear and cherry - very interesting opening for a white wine. The palate is more classic, showing peach pit and apricot flavors, pencil shavings and tart minerality. The dried fruit flavors are well integrated with acidity here, making for an interesting wine without bein... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Quinta Do Vallado Touriga Nacional Douro 2011

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    Had this at dinner at Truluck's in Dallas. Found this from WS, says it better than I could '...Finely textured, with pure and powerful flavors of dark currant, black olive, red plum and wild cherry, accented by notes of molten licorice. Latent tannins and vibrant acidity give this a lively mouthfeel, offering a refined finish of chocolate mousse... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Assobio 2009

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    Not sure of the price but very drinkable. Nice body Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Quinta Das Carvalhas Tinto Douro 2011

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    P 'n' Ped. After a few minutes, though, obnoxious aroma blows off, leaving one of red berrry fruit. Initial taste is of red cherry--but not the "sweet" cherry taste that I get from a lot of CA PNs. Then there is acid as from stone fruit--think of a not-very sweet, but ripe peach. Some gravelly thing goin on in the back of the palate. Not th... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Taylor Fladgate Porto 40 Year Old Tawny 2013

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    Had this at Trombino's the other night. This along with tasting of the Taylor Fladgate Porto 20 Year Old Tawny...superb, what else can be said...though interesting enough, thought that the 20 Year Tawny had a bit more going for it. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Azul Portugal Douro 2008

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    Imported by: Iberia Wines & Spirits CtTouriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca Pretty floral aromas on the nose compete with some raw wood notes for ones attention. A touch soft in the mouth, though big, round and seamless, this is a chewy wine with earthy, bitter apple skin laced, dry fruit flavors that come off as both a ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vale Do Bomfim Douro Reserva 2011

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    Imported by: Premium Port Wines Inc SF50% Tinta Barroca, 20% Touriga Nacional, 15% Touriga Franca, 15% Tinta Roriz Spicy and dark on the nose with hints of resin, raw meat, and lots of cracked pepper spice accenting the core of carob fruit. Soft, clean and pure in the mouth, this is not complex but has a great texture and subtle flavors that ble... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Dourosa Rosé Douro 2011

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    Imported by: Winesellers Ltd. IL35% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca, 30% Tinta Roriz A bit beefy on the nose with some herbs de provence notes and a nice base of dried cherry and blue plum fruit wrapped up in subtle oak shadings. Juicy, bright and a bit chewy in the mouth, just past medium bodied this remains transparent and bright on the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Niepoort Twisted Douro 2012

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    Imported by: Polaner Selections NYTouriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and others A bit candied on the nose with notes of cola, violet pastille and some gamy, leathery base notes laced around bright cherry and plum fruits. Soft, rich and easy going in the mouth,this is very well balanced with hints of coffee and wood spic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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