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

  • Altano - Symington Family Estates

    Portugal's Douro Valley is one of the most spectacular wine growing regions in the world. Its bea...

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

    Barros Porto is recognized and appreciated all over the world. A great deal of its high awareness...

  • Delaforce Port Vinhos S.A.

    The Delaforces are an old family of Huguenot origin which can trace its history back over 700 yea...

  • Quinta do Vallado

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

  • Royal Oporto

    Grape growing in the Douro Region dates back to pre-historic times. In Bronze Age burying-grou...

  • Quinta do Castelinho

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

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Douro on Snooth

  • Calheiros Cruz Memórias Douro

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    Wine review by joan974


  • Next Station Douro 2015

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    Red blend that got acidic in the fridge as days went on. Caused light congestion. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Adega Cooperativa de Favaios Casa Velha Douro 2016

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Graham's Lbv Port 2003

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    Pours a deep garnet with rustic tawny tones starting to form due to age....semi opaque in nature and great legs around the inside of my glass! Nose is of fresh ripe berries (blackberry, blueberry, raisins and currants), licorice root and slight alcohol. The flavors are follow suit with deep blackberries, raisined fruits, mild licorice and curr... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Quinta Do Portal Port Blend Porto Vintage 2003

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    Opened Dec 2017.....this could age for another 20 years or better!Pours slightly viscous but it isn't oily or syrupy.....and it definitely needs a decanting due to lots of residual sugars/stems/skin that has settled. Semi hazy ruby color with rustic overtones starting to appear. Smell is of licorice and assorted roots, heavy plum/raisined frui... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • These are not exactly bought...I give a bottle to each member of our wine club ... club ... Quita De La Rosa Douro was already in my cellar and early in it's life it was a stud. Touriga Naccional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca my favorite 3T combo.Lastly- (I know - I was stunned.true friends.)The Bodegas Muriell Carime Monastrell from Jumilla. ... Read More

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  • Quinta Dos Murcas Margem Douro 2015

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    Bold and rich aromas, full of dark earth and savory spice. Richly textured and brooding on the palate with a blackberry and black currant fruit blend, gripping tannins and smoky earth towards the finish. Serious, big and bold. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Presidential Ruby Port NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by effell


  • Presidential Ruby Port NV

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    This definitely is value for money.I bought this in w York.Thats what I call Port. Rich and smooth.Sorry Taylor's this beats even you. Read More

    Wine review by effell


  • Magalhaes Vintage Porto 2000

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    I bought this bottle of port from the website ... £12.Port wine is from the Douro valley in northern Portugal and takes its name from the City of Oporto at the mouth of that river.It is a fortified wine because brandy is added to arrest the fermentation process. My bottle was made at Quinta do Silval,a small family concern in this area who use ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Sandeman have got a fantastic Wine Centre - Quinta do Seixo - in the Douro. For more info check out their site at http://www.sandeman.eu/visitus/douro ... There's nothing like sipping a chilled glass of white Porto at six o' clock in the afternoon, with the majestic Douro river just a couple of hundred feet away!!!

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  • The GPS coordninates that have been uploaded for the Douro are not accurate. The following GPS coordinates would be correct: Latitude: N 41º10’4.44”; Longitude: W 7º33’18.36”

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