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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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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  • 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...

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

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

  • Calèm

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

  • Adriano Ramos Pinto Vinhos

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

  • Porto Cruz

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

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  • Casa Ferreirinha Douro Tinto Papas Figos 2014

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Some new wines received today.A couple of dailies (Douro & Malbec) , The '13 Jaffurs Syrah, the SLH (After the '13 success the '014 was a no brainer), the '14 Neyers Left Bank Red was a curiosity buy because I like them and the 2 '14 Halcon wines (They've made a believer out of me.) Petit Sirah & Estate Syrah. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Actually this was a last weekend wine - just haven't had a chance:Left to ...  Church HIlls Estates Douro 2011.  Pow!  Floral in spades with rich blackberry, Damson plum, spice and herbal tones with a sweetish dark cherry tannic finish that rides excellent acidity for a lingering finis Read More

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  • Noval Black Port NV

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Noval Black Port NV

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  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2009

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    This bottle of port was a gift.Port 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.The late bottled vintage style of port originated at the Taylor Fladgate port house in 1970.Wines from a sin... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Porto Cruz Pink Douro

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    Wine review by Ariggs


  • Quinta Do Portal Porto Reserve 27 Grapes NV

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    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Quinta Do Portal Porto Reserve 27 Grapes NV

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    Had this as a comparison to the Reserve 29 Grapes. Smoother, a bit more balanced, but less Earthy. Another one for an every day Ruby Port drinker. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Quinta Do Portal Porto Reserve 29 Grapes

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    Had a tasting of this with dinner last night at Trombino's Bistro Italiano. A pretty basic NV Ruby Port, but nevertheless enjoyable. Starts off sweet with a bit of earth. As it sits, becomes smoother and more earthy. Good every day drinker. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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