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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  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Douro View all

  • Calèm

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

  • Cockburn's Port

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

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

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

  • Antonio Augusto Fernandes

    A Quinta do Vale da Perdiz - Sociedade Agrícola, Lda. foi constituída em 11 de Julho de 2000. Na ...

  • 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 ...

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Douro on Snooth

  • Quinta Das Carvalhas Tinto Douro 2011

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    P 'n' Ped. After a few minutes, though, obnoxious aroma blows off, leaving one of red berrry fruit. Initial taste is of red cherry--but not the "sweet" cherry taste that I get from a lot of CA PNs. Then there is acid as from stone fruit--think of a not-very sweet, but ripe peach. Some gravelly thing goin on in the back of the palate. Not th... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Taylor Fladgate Porto 40 Year Old Tawny 2013

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    Had this at Trombino's the other night. This along with tasting of the Taylor Fladgate Porto 20 Year Old Tawny...superb, what else can be said...though interesting enough, thought that the 20 Year Tawny had a bit more going for it. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Azul Portugal Douro 2008

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    Imported by: Iberia Wines & Spirits CtTouriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca Pretty floral aromas on the nose compete with some raw wood notes for ones attention. A touch soft in the mouth, though big, round and seamless, this is a chewy wine with earthy, bitter apple skin laced, dry fruit flavors that come off as both a ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Azul Portugal Douro 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Vale Do Bomfim Douro Reserva 2011

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    Imported by: Premium Port Wines Inc SF50% Tinta Barroca, 20% Touriga Nacional, 15% Touriga Franca, 15% Tinta Roriz Spicy and dark on the nose with hints of resin, raw meat, and lots of cracked pepper spice accenting the core of carob fruit. Soft, clean and pure in the mouth, this is not complex but has a great texture and subtle flavors that ble... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vale Do Bomfim Douro Reserva 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Dourosa Rosé Douro 2011

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    Imported by: Winesellers Ltd. IL35% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca, 30% Tinta Roriz A bit beefy on the nose with some herbs de provence notes and a nice base of dried cherry and blue plum fruit wrapped up in subtle oak shadings. Juicy, bright and a bit chewy in the mouth, just past medium bodied this remains transparent and bright on the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Dourosa Rosé Douro 2011

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    Wine review by mark


  • Niepoort Twisted Douro 2012

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    Imported by: Polaner Selections NYTouriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and others A bit candied on the nose with notes of cola, violet pastille and some gamy, leathery base notes laced around bright cherry and plum fruits. Soft, rich and easy going in the mouth,this is very well balanced with hints of coffee and wood spic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Niepoort Twisted Douro 2012

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    Wine review by mark


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