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

  • Roriz

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

  • 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...

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

  • Manoel D. Pocas Junior Vinhos

    The success attained with the Coroa D'ouro and our rising expertise in the production of Douro wi...

  • Quinta do Vallado

    Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the ...

  • Royal Oporto

    Grape growing in the Douro Region dates back to pre-historic times. In Bronze Age burying-grou...

  • Niepoort Vinhos

    Niepoort’s mission is to preserve the niche player position and continue to create great Port ...

  • Quinta do Castelinho

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

  • Porto Cruz

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

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Douro on Snooth

  • Quinta de la Rosa Red Blend Douro 2009


    wheres the 2011?? Snooth?How about a mobile Version? Read More

    Wine review by CalKid

  • Delaforce Douro Touriga Nacional 2012


    smooth, balanced, superb!! Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Cockburns Fine Ruby Port NV


    Picked this up at Stone Face Package Liquors Store. Nice little number. Opens with perfume, spice, and vanilla. More viscous mouth feel, almost like diluted honey. Long finish of golden raisin, pepper, and vanilla. I think a bit better than the Taylor Fladgate Fine Ruby Porto which I tasted along side this. Very, very well priced for this quality. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Pena de Pato Douro Red 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by Luke Varsi

  • Kopke Colheita Port 1979


    Finished lunch at Marcello's with this. Wish I had been able to try this as part of a tasting flight. Seemed wonderfully complex, though distinctly different than a typical Tawny. Beautiful medium dark amber in the glass. Plenty of dried figs, golden raisin, then a vanilla maple and pecan sweetness. Seems 'thinner' in the mouth than a typical Ta... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Quinta Do Portal Colheita Douro 2011


    I liked it. Great price point. 92 rating-WS. A little lighter in body than I am used to drinking, but nonetheless respectable. Would buy again. Well balanced. Somewhat dry. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Quinta Do Noval Porto Noval Black NV


    Nice, smooth, easy drinking port. Ripe plums, raisins, a hint of anise, low to medium tannins and a medium finish. This held up well over the course of two weeks. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Real Companhia Velha Vinho Do Porto Don Jose Tinto Aloirado NV


    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... wine is from the Douro valley in northern Portugal and takes its name from the city of Oporto at the mouth of that river.It is a fortified wine because brandy is added to arrest the fermentation process.Real Companhia Velha,also known as the Royal Oporto Wine Company,is the oldest Port W... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Callabriga Douro Red 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by orangegroves

  • Quinta Do Portal Colheita Douro 2011


    Pretty red color in the glass. Fairly modest nosesome berry, some nuttiness. Not offensive at all on introduction to the palate. Again, only a hint of berry fruit flavor. A bit of tarry bitterness around the edge of the tongue. A very lean and angular wine. Negligible tannin. Mid-to-light on the acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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