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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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  • Cockburn's Port

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

  • Antonio Augusto Fernandes

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

  • Porto Cruz

      Porto Cruz is one of the most recognized brands of Port, produced in the Douro Valley of P...

  • Taylor's Port

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

  • 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

  • Warre Porto Ruby NV


    This is my absolute favorite Port. I have tried several different wineries and vintages, but I love this one. The wine is well developed for a dessert wine, but it is not so sweet as to be tart. The wine has a bite to it, but the bite is gone immediately, as compared to a merlot. The deep color adds to the lure of this wine and is gorgeous i... Read More

    Wine review by coryhwhite357

  • Vega Tinto 2005


    (Predominantly Touriga Franca, I believe?) Slight purple tinge, concentrated plum with leather accents on the nose. Plum and leather are still there on the palate, accompanied by some dark cherry fruit and minerality. Acidity is on the higher side. A bit extracted, a bit simple, but still solid. Read More

    Wine review by TRMcClintock

  • Real Companhia Velha Royal Oporto Vintage Port Tinto 2000


    Thick and unctuous - there are layers of licorice, treacle and coffee. Well balanced by good acids, this is a good wine. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • Real Companhia Velha Douro Evel Red 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by PatriciaRussell

  • Royal Oporto Tawny Porto NV


    Some heat on the nose, this port is thinner than I'd hoped for (but it is a Tawny). Nicely rich and sweet, there's a very pleasing finish. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • Warre Port Blend Porto Vintage 1985


    Not as sweet as i'd have expected, the age was showing and it was hot on the nose. There was some nice chocolate, spice and almond notes. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • Warre Port Blend Porto Vintage 1985


    Not a particularly good bottle this was disjointed and hot. It had been decanted for about 6 hours but it looks like it may have needed more but really nothing could have really made it much better. it was volatile and a mess. 70pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Symington Family Estates Vale Do Bomfim Reserva Dow 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by cquintana

  • Quinta Do Vallado Douro D.O.C. Vinho Tinto 2003


    This is a quite heavy wine that you have to decant between 1 and 2 hours before consumption. The price perfomance ratio is really good and you get a smoky, fatty and spicy heavy wine for less than 10 Dollar. Read More

    Wine review by Markus Gruber

  • Vinhos Sogrape Red Blend Douro Callabriga 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by shot2pieces

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