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 Nacional

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

  • Tinta Barroca

  • 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...

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

  • Churchill Graham

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

  • Cockburn's Port

    Cockburn's (Coh-burns) was founded in 1815 and has grown to become one of the world's great port ...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Presidential White Blend Porto

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    Excellent as a spritzer. refreshing! Read More

    Wine review by ealvara2


  • Taylor Fladgate First Estate Port NV

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    For a NV Ruby, or any Ruby, this one is a beauty and good Lord, how inexpensive. Very intense and concentrated, lovely thick burgundy color, bits of chocolate, fudge, liquorice, and anise. A deep jammy Plum taste. Still seems very young and will be very interesting to see how and if this ages well. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Crasto 2011

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    Don't not let the modesty of this entry fool you: here is a wine with wonderful berry and plum nose with a savage nature that compels and does not alienate. The palate is soft, luscious and just a teeny bit sweet with blackberry, wild huckleberry and other flavors of a wilder state. Balanced, full with a hint of bitters, this wine is a steal.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Greg is going to give the wine-comic a run for his money!Greg, I had the Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva old vine 2006 last night.  Darn good. Read More

    Forum post in the topic In search of a easy to clean...


  • As it happens I live in Macau and have for a number of years (18 years in Hong ... ... to prefer wines from the Douro and Alentejo region Read More

    Forum post in the topic Feelings on Portuguese Wines?


  • About a year ago in one of the "big box" wine stores, I wandered by ... reds and whites from Dao and Douro.  I don't think any of them cost more than $15.  All of them were pretty darned good. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Feelings on Portuguese Wines?


  • Okay, there's not much action on the forum lately, so here goes...Tonight ... dinner and he brought this Douro 2006 which was great (I toasted you Greg T) and I opened a BC icon called Oculus (the 2010 is $100..I won't be buying it anymore!).  I decanted it for an hour and it was deadly (a meritage blend).&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Indeed, Portugal has been producing wine since at least the time of the Greeks, ... appellation system of the Douro region was created nearly two hundred years before that of France,Trouble is, with the exception of fortified wines like Port, most of its output has traditionally been crap. That's changing though and in the last 15 years the imp... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Feelings on Portuguese Wines?


  • Quinta de Maritavora Douro White Port NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Tuesday was a busy one for me, as I feed rescue cats in both the morning and in ... ... and this 2009 Callabriga Douro from Portugal went down nicely for a wine that is under $20 a bottle.  This was one tasty Douro.From Wine Enthusiast -  "Very structured and firm, this has dense tannins overlaying the black currant fruit. Its dry, solid textur... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


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