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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  • 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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  • Royal Oporto

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

  • Churchill Graham

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

  • Niepoort Vinhos

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

  • Wiese & Krohn Sucrs. Lda

    Wiese & Krohn's estate Quinta do Retiro Novo is located in Sarzedinho, a very small village in th...

  • Taylor's Port

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

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

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

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Douro on Snooth

  • I am drinking a 2013 Porca de Murca, Douro Reserva from Portugal. The wine seems to be fine, clear sight, clean fruity nose, in the beginning its fine on the palate (maybe a lack of fruit compared to the nose)... everything but the finish. It has a weird bitter finish, very unpleasant. Its not the tart taste of tannins (even so it is pretty high... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bitter finish


  • Grainha Reserva Quinta Nova Douro Viosinho Gouveio Rabigato Fernao Pires 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Senhora Do Convento Proprietor's Red Blend 2012

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    More-blue-than-red purple color. Sort of an acidic nose. Quite soft on entry. Light flavors of blueberry and, maybe, cherry. Very light on tannin. Acid is present but not anything like the nose forecasted. Nice, uncomplicated easy-to-drink wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Niepoort Port Blend Porto Ruby NV

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    Another tasting from Lunch. Very impressive for the pricing - $6 per glass. Interesting too, rather dry and not quite as sweet as other Ruby's; Has a bit of alcohol burn, but overall, very satisfying with notes of Raisin, Strawberry, and Bing Cherry with a balance of Earthiness and Herbs and long finish. Perfect for everyday/every evening NV Ru... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Doda Alvaro de Castro E Dirk Van Der Niepoort 2007

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Warre's Port Finest Reserve Warrior

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    A little on the sweet side, but very nice and suitably complex NV Ruby Port to serve as a daily drinker. Not as much raisin and currant as I would have liked, more deep fruit compote and spices, with a long and complex finish. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Altano Douro Red 2012

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    Tannins. Read More

    Wine review by solargecko


  • Red, sorry to hear about that harrowing adventure to Total Wine, the insanity ... de Ventozelo Douro Quinta de Ventozelo Reserva  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Quinta Do Noval Porto Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage 2007

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    Rich, deep ruby red/purple/brown tones with a beautiful dark dark fruit aroma profile....hints of licorice/chocolate, and loads of black cherry. The flavors are amazingly deep and fruity, Earthy, tannic. The mouthfeel is as though there has been heavy cream added to the fermentation process....Simply gorgeous LBV Port and as of late 2015, this... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Hi Nelson,My wife and I spent 2 weeks in Portugal in the fall of 2013, including 5 days in the Douro Valley. In the Douro, we stayed at the Aquapuro Douro Hotel.  Of all the wine regions we have visited, I believe the Douro is the most spectacular.  The vineyards rising up from the river were breathtaking.  When looking at them from close range ... Read More

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