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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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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  • 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

  • CARM - Casa Agrícola Roboredo Madeira

    The Winery - CARM built a new winery in 2004. It was an important step towards producing top qual...

  • Sogrape - Mateus

    With its current strategic vision SOGRAPE is overseeing a “homecoming”, a return to the character...

  • Quinta do Vallado

    Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the ...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Casa Ferreirinha Papa Figos Douro 2012

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    Imported by: Broadbent Selections SF40% Tinta Roriz, 30% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Barroca, 10% Touriga Nacional A touch subdued on the nose though the aromas of vanilla, milk chocolate, dusty spices and dried cherries with a hint of espresso are both well balanced and very attractive. the nose gains lovely violet and plum aromas with a little b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Casa Ferreirinha Papa Figos Douro 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Presidential White Blend Porto

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    Excellent as a spritzer. refreshing! Read More

    Wine review by ealvara2


  • Taylor Fladgate First Estate Port NV

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    For a NV Ruby, or any Ruby, this one is a beauty and good Lord, how inexpensive. Very intense and concentrated, lovely thick burgundy color, bits of chocolate, fudge, liquorice, and anise. A deep jammy Plum taste. Still seems very young and will be very interesting to see how and if this ages well. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Crasto 2011

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    Don't not let the modesty of this entry fool you: here is a wine with wonderful berry and plum nose with a savage nature that compels and does not alienate. The palate is soft, luscious and just a teeny bit sweet with blackberry, wild huckleberry and other flavors of a wilder state. Balanced, full with a hint of bitters, this wine is a steal.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Greg is going to give the wine-comic a run for his money!Greg, I had the Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva old vine 2006 last night.  Darn good. Read More

    Forum post in the topic In search of a easy to clean...


  • As it happens I live in Macau and have for a number of years (18 years in Hong ... ... to prefer wines from the Douro and Alentejo region Read More

    Forum post in the topic Feelings on Portuguese Wines?


  • About a year ago in one of the "big box" wine stores, I wandered by ... reds and whites from Dao and Douro.  I don't think any of them cost more than $15.  All of them were pretty darned good. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Feelings on Portuguese Wines?


  • Okay, there's not much action on the forum lately, so here goes...Tonight ... dinner and he brought this Douro 2006 which was great (I toasted you Greg T) and I opened a BC icon called Oculus (the 2010 is $100..I won't be buying it anymore!).  I decanted it for an hour and it was deadly (a meritage blend).&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Indeed, Portugal has been producing wine since at least the time of the Greeks, ... appellation system of the Douro region was created nearly two hundred years before that of France,Trouble is, with the exception of fortified wines like Port, most of its output has traditionally been crap. That's changing though and in the last 15 years the imp... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Feelings on Portuguese Wines?


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