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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  • 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

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

  • 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...

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  • C N Kopke & Ca

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

  • Cockburn's Port

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

  • Delaforce Port Vinhos S.A.

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

  • Antonio Augusto Fernandes

    A Quinta do Vale da Perdiz - Sociedade Agrícola, Lda. foi constituída em 11 de Julho de 2000. Na ...

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

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

  • 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

  • Hello Al,This trip sounded wonderful and yes you need to come back to experience the Douro Valley. Let me know if I can help . Read More

    Forum post in the topic Portugal Wine Travel Stories


  • We did a trip to Portugal and Spain back in 2008 but wine wasn't the focus ... would have loved to tour the Douro Valley. &nbs Read More

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  • Hello DMCKER,Thanks for your message. I can absolutely understand that you ... ... copy here an excerpt of my Douro Valley Wine Travel guide. I  am sure you can find plenty of good information there.You can read the whole article hereDuring the first couple of weeks of July 2015, I was a guest of Wine Tourism in Portugal in the Douro Valley. M... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Portugal Wine Travel Stories


  • Quinta Do Portal Port Blend Porto Vintage 2007

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  • Niepoort Port Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2009

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  • Quinta Do Noval Black Port

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  • Calem Porto Rose

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    Wine review by JeffS23


  • Calem Fine White Porto NV

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    I bought this bottle of wine a while ago from the website ... is a fortified wine from the Douro valley in northern Portugal. Most are red but a few are white like this one. Calem is an old and distinguished port house. I served my bottle chilled this evening with some bread and cheese and I did enjoy it.It is sweet and sticky with a sour peach... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Andreza Reserva Vinho Tinto DOC Douro 2010

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    I bought three bottles of this wine from the website ... from the valley of the river Douro in northern Portugal, an area well known for port production but table wines such as this are also made.Wine has been made here since at least the Romans and the area has DOC status,the highest standard in the Portugese wine hierarchy. The bends in the ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Graham Old Vines Edition Six Grape Port NV

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    one of the better wine's i have ever had Read More

    Wine review by shooter1322


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