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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  • C N Kopke & Ca

    Established in 1638 by Chrisiiano Kopke (from Germany) and his son (who came lo Portugal as repre...

  • Quinta do Vallado

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

  • Wiese & Krohn Sucrs. Lda

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

  • Churchill Graham

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

  • Sogrape - Mateus

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

  • 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

  • Hello DMCKER,Thanks for your message. I can absolutely understand that you ... ... copy here an excerpt of my Douro Valley Wine Travel guide. I  am sure you can find plenty of good information there.You can read the whole article hereDuring the first couple of weeks of July 2015, I was a guest of Wine Tourism in Portugal in the Douro Valley. M... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Portugal Wine Travel Stories


  • Quinta Do Portal Port Blend Porto Vintage 2007

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Niepoort Port Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2009

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Quinta Do Noval Black Port

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    Wine review by quantrill37


  • Calem Porto Rose

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    Wine review by JeffS23


  • Calem Fine White Porto NV

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    I bought this bottle of wine a while ago from the website ... is a fortified wine from the Douro valley in northern Portugal. Most are red but a few are white like this one. Calem is an old and distinguished port house. I served my bottle chilled this evening with some bread and cheese and I did enjoy it.It is sweet and sticky with a sour peach... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Andreza Reserva Vinho Tinto DOC Douro 2010

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    I bought three bottles of this wine from the website ... from the valley of the river Douro in northern Portugal, an area well known for port production but table wines such as this are also made.Wine has been made here since at least the Romans and the area has DOC status,the highest standard in the Portugese wine hierarchy. The bends in the ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Graham Old Vines Edition Six Grape Port NV

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    one of the better wine's i have ever had Read More

    Wine review by shooter1322


  • Quinta Do Crasto Douro Reserva 2007

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    This acclaimed Douro Tinto was purchased some years back (perhaps 5 years ago). The strength of the wine has not really diminished much with age - there is a hint of oak on the nose, a deep, deep red colour and a strong scent of cherries and anise. The entry has a sense of homemade crock-fermented red currants - smooth but warm (15% alcohol BV... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Another leftover auction bottle. 'Cabeca de Burro' (too much and you ... field blend.  From the Douro in Portugal where the varietals are not 'different', though they are relatively rare for American consumers:  Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, and seemingly unnamed others. Reticent at first, opened after an hour. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


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