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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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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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...

Popular Wineries in Douro View all

  • Manoel D. Pocas Junior Vinhos

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

  • Quinta do Crasto

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

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

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

  • Taylor's Port

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

  • 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...

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Douro on Snooth

  • Quinta Do Crasto Touriga Nacional Douro 2005

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    Wine review by Miguel Ferreira


  • Quinta Do Vale Meandro 2005

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    I've been drinking mostly whites since the summer. Now that summer is well ... ... favor of the Portuguese, so Douro it was. I was not disappointed. From the blackberry nose to the gamy, apple-ish finish, this Meandro is an entirely different sumo wrestler of a red wine. It's big and it's definitely got a sense of place with its chalky, pucker... Read More

    Wine review by redatom


  • Quinta Do Vallado Douro 2005

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    Deep purple. Medium nose of cassis, eucalyptus. Dry with medium acid, low-medium tannin, medium body. Almost chalky structure with blackcurrant and mushroom or mould on the palate, white pepper. Medium length. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray


  • Quarles Harris Port Blend Porto Vintage NV

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    Nice for a tawny port. Read More

    Wine review by Cheri


  • Dow Porto Vintage 2003

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    purchased 11/8/2008 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars Read More

    Wine review by emmfan


  • Symington Family Estates Altano Douro DOC Tinto 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by lia47


  • Sooo... I just had the wonderful opportunity to have a 'small' group wine ... ... wine ... (interesting), and Douro, Portugal. A few varietals he was pushing were Vino Verde (Portugal) and Albarino (Spain), neither of which I was impressed with. The Albarino was fruity but not full bodied... and I have to admit, I'm still a sucker for my bu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine tasting w/ Gary Vaynerchuk


  • Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 1977

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    No written review

    Wine review by scollier


  • Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Porto 2002

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    No written review

    Wine review by elliottback


  • Graham Porto 10-Year Tawny NV

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    Sweet, nutty, and not too much wood flavor. It's great when it first hits your tongue, but the initial flavor gives way to a bit of alcohol taste (the only reason I dock it a point). Read More

    Wine review by SimianLogic


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