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. 
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  • 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...

  • 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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  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

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

  • Churchill Graham

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

  • Manoel D. Pocas Junior Vinhos

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

  • Delaforce Port Vinhos S.A.

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

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

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

  • Calèm

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

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Douro on Snooth

  • Cockburn's Fine Ruby Port 2005

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    Apparently there is a great variance when it comes to ruby port wines. Although the first scent and initial moment of taste tempted a fruity lusciousness, such a hint was plowed by a speeding locomotive of dry, wood flavour. If woody is for you, Cockburns. If you eat enough sugar, this might counterbalance. As for me, pass. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Lavradores de Feitoria Tres Bagos Grande Escolha 2009

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    Fields blinded from vines over 70 years old, then barrel selectedSmoky on the nose,this has that sweet dried fruits and spice and dried herb topped with, licorice notes typical of the region. In the mouth this is powerful but supple with late arriving acids and tannins adding structure and lending nice tension to the complex flavors of nuanced ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Lavradores de Feitoria Douro Tinto 2012

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    Younger vineyards, no oak,Dusty, inky, and briary on the slightly root veg styled nose. Juicy, clear and fresh on the palate this is a bit easy in the mouth with lovely black cherry fruit framed with gently savory edges and a touch of dusty earth. The finish is clean, if a bit short. Straightforward and fresh. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tres Bagos Sauvignon Blanc Branco 2013

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    Fine tense grassy nose. Rather tense in the mouth as well and very bright though with a hint of sweetness on entry, than distinctly grapefruity through the palate and the modest finish. Clean and easy enough to drink. 83pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Lavradores de Feitoria Douro Branco 2012

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    Mineral, bright and a bit earthy on the nose. In the mouth this has a little edge of sweetness to the peachy apple fruit. Appealingly tight and well structured for a wine of this size, this remains very fresh bright, and refreshing in the mouth with attractive tension in the mouth and through the modest finish. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quinta Do Vale Meao Douro 2011

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    Touriga Nacional from alluvial gravelBig wild berry fruit on the nose is layered over a base of dusty, spicy, inky aromas that are framed with a fine dried meat note. Opening with tons of wild blackberry cherry fruit, and herbal spicy, this lacks a touch of brightness in the mouth and is fairly tannic and astringent. The midpalate is a bit tou... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Poeira Douro 2011

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    Tight on the nose with subtle hints of licorice and mint, though this is not very expressive, air does bring out shisty, dusty soil notes. This turns out to be a sneaky wine with huge power and yet it remains elegant with exceptional balance. Theres remarkable freshness here, crushed berry fruits framed with hints of juniper that turns darker ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Po de Poeira 2011

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    Plummy and beefy on the nose with hints of licorice and spicy a bit syrah like even, but with that caramel, sweet dried fruits and spice note typical of the Duoro. Soft but elegant in the mouth, this has late arriving acidity and fine tannins supporting very pretty fruit. This already shows an almost silky texture early on the palate, then th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quinta de la Rosa Passagem Reserva 2011

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    Hottest dried part of the Douro Powerful balsamic, animal and gamy aromas are well balanced by nutty, chocolate oak notes on the nose. This shows power and elegance in a vibrant style even if the fruit does have a decidedly roasted edge. Textural this is quite fine, bright, juicy and transparent, it is a big ass wine streaked with medicinal, bal... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quinta de la Rosa Douro Tinto 2010

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    A touch smoky and sweet with dry port herbal and spicy notes, peppery and leathery on the nose. On entry this is smooth with great acids lending a tart cast to the clear, firm, earthy and dry fruit. Perhaps a touch simple with plummy and wild berry notes on the palate, this displays good length, is elegant in the mouth, and even shows a bit of f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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