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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Douro View all

  • Quinta do Castelinho

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

  • Wiese & Krohn Sucrs. Lda

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

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

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

  • Manoel D. Pocas Junior Vinhos

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

  • Cockburn's Port

    Cockburn's (Coh-burns) was founded in 1815 and has grown to become one of the world's great port ...

  • Quinta do Crasto

    Quinta do Crasto is located on the right bank of the river Douro, halfway between Régua and Pinhã...

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Douro on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic 30 Day-Old Wine?


  • Quinta Dos Aciprestes Douro DOC 2013

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

    Wine review by raindance


  • "I had the regular Porca, not the reserve.  You know what's ... ... ... of the Quinta do Crasto Douro and the reserve and I preferred the regular one."Often the case when the reserve is made oldskool, to last and mature over time. Even in CA that was the norm back in the '70s and '80s, but no longer. Basically, you're drinking the reserve too... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bitter finish


  • DGC,I had that same wine a couple of weeks ago.  After some time ... of ... ... of the Quinta do Crasto Douro and the reserve and I preferred the regular on Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bitter finish


  • 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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    No written review

    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


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