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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Varietals Produced in Douro View all

  • 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 de Ventozelo

    Since 1999, Quinta de Ventozelo belongs to the Spanish group Proinsa. The property is located in ...

  • Quinta do Crasto

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

  • C N Kopke & Ca

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

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

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

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

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

  • 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

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Pulling the Wrong Bottle


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Noval Black Port NV

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    Wine review by boglebogle


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