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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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

  • Taylor's Port

    There is more to drinking port than formal dining and long speeches. In fact, Taylor's can offer ...

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

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

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

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

  • Adriano Ramos Pinto Vinhos

    Young artist, who frequented the artistic centre of Oporto, founded the company in 1880 at the ag...

  • Manoel D. Pocas Junior Vinhos

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

  • C N Kopke & Ca

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

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Douro on Snooth

  • Quinta Do Noval Lbv Unfiltered 2003

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    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Quinta Do Noval Lbv Unfiltered 2003

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    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Aveleda Vinho Branco 2013

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    Well done wine. Crispness that gives this a coolness due to it's freshness. The varietals are new to me for this blend and that is what is so interesting about the wine world - there is so much to learn. Citrus and stone fruits are front and center with wonderful acidity and minerality that gives this a lingering mouth watering effort. Get this ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Quinta Do Popa Douro 2012

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    This may be a tad over rated, but this really struck a cord with me. A typical Duoro blend that is elegant due to it's makeup. Really lush dark berry fruits dominate the palate, which is fine with me, a chocolate undercore with pepper, soft but present tannins and good acidity lead to a lengthy aftertaste. Think Burgundy beef, steak and hearty b... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Delaforce Touriga Nacional Douro 2011

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    The wine of the night! Rich and lush dark berry fruit, cherry, chocolate and ... ... notes, this is classic Douro. MIldly chewy tannins and well balanced acidity round out a lingering aftertaste that has a slightly sweet drk cherry profile - well done and an easy drinker. Drink now - Paul 92 poin Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Negreiros Duoro 2012

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    A big disappointment in the early stages of opening. Plenty on the nose - ... ... this morphs into a very good Douro blend that is full with mild tannins and just a shade less than desirable acidity. Decant - Pa Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Giroflé Branco Douro 2014

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    Really nice, food friendly Portugese white made up of viosinho, rabigato and malvasia. Lemon cream on the nose. Kind of creamy but not overly oaked or buttery. Decent amount of acidity, lemon cream, a touch of ripe pear, subtle herbal notes on the back end, and a medium finish. This went well with panko crusted snapper and roasted brussel sprouts. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Porca de Murca Douro 2013

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    Purpleish coloring with burgundy/red hues....looks just like fresh grape juice and has wee tiny bubbles upon pouring! Aromas of cassis, Earthy berries, soil and pith...dry overall. As this warms up, the flavors are dry, fruity, tobacco leaf, cherry, root spices and perhaps some dry premium cocoa. Creamy smooth mouthfeel and highly drinkable, ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Greg, when's the last time you had to pour out the last half of your Hermitage or Douro because you didn't drink it? Read More

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  • Quinta Dos Aciprestes Douro DOC 2013

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    Binny's 3/2016 & 5/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


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