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 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

  • Manoel D. Pocas Junior Vinhos

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

  • Adriano Ramos Pinto Vinhos

    Young artist, who frequented the artistic centre of Oporto, founded the company in 1880 at the ag...

  • Quinta do Castelinho

      The Douro Wine Devotion winery is located at Quinta do Castelinho, where the grapes from th...

  • Porto Cruz

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

  • Niepoort Vinhos

    Niepoort’s mission is to preserve the niche player position and continue to create great Port ...

  • Calèm

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

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Douro on Snooth

  • Fonseca Vintage Port 1997


    No written review

    Wine review by robertholt

  • Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Port 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by frankp

  • Warre Port Blend Porto 20 Year Old Tawny NV


    A touch hot, with strong notes of cherry. Very tannic with a bitter, but very long, finish. Enjoyed with Mark and the folks from Renkoo! Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • Lavradores de Feitoria Vinho Tinto Douro 2004


    lots of licorice on the nose, along with some fruit and hints of bacon.great mouth-feel, very silky and smooth. light tannins and acid. awesome fruit flavors along with some notes of wood and Amedei Porcelana chocolate.a really good, easy-drinking wine. highly recommended... especially for $10. Read More

    Wine review by run34515

  • Graham Porto Late Bottled Vintage 2000


    Haven't actually tried the 2000, I tried the 2001 (but it's not listed). Sounds very similar. A very rich dark wine, and very smooth. Thouroughly enjoyed this one. Read More

    Wine review by Porto79

  • Fonseca Vintage Port 1994


    No written review

    Wine review by daperis

  • Ferreira Port Blend Porto Vintage 1995


    No written review

    Wine review by daperis

  • Taylor Fladgate First Estate Port NV


    Very dark in colour. This sweet, full bodied port has hints of black currant, blackberry, plums and ground pepper. Medium acidity and soft tannins. Goes very well with chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by katrinnalouise

  • Taylor's Vintage Port 1985


    Very light rhubarb color with a pink rim. This could have used some time in a decanter to deliver more color/body/complexity. Smoky and spicy cinnamon scents lead to a thin and sweet frame of strawberry flavors that are light-bodied, elegant and balanced. Not what Id expect from a Taylor or a top notch 85, this was more reminiscent of a 1975 VP ... Read More

    Wine review by Roy Hersh

  • Ferreira Port Blend Porto Vintage 1995


    No written review

    Wine review by Fabio Leal

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