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 Franca

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Touriga Franca (or Touriga Francesa) is one of the major grape varieties used t...

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as 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

  • Quinta do Crasto

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

  • C N Kopke & Ca

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

  • Barros Almeida & Ca Vinhos

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

  • Calèm

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

  • Wiese & Krohn Sucrs. Lda

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

  • Royal Oporto

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

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Douro on Snooth

  • Warre's Port Tawny Otima 20 Year 2010

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    I was given this bottle of wine and have no idea where my benefactor got it ... paid.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 as brandy is added to arrest the fermentation process.Tawny port is a style of port where there is a long aging... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Vinha da Urze Douro 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Calais for 6 euros.It comes from ... 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.It is from the Vinha da Urze estate,one of six properties operated by CARM.This estate is 320 metres above sea level and has 1... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2004

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    This wine pours a deep ruby color with rusty tinges around the rim....it has nice clarity and excellent legs! The aromas are of deep blackberry, cherry, hints of licorice and leather belt, and the finish has an ounce of booziness and it does linger....fresh! The flavors are more subtle and simple with fresh boysenberry, dark cherry, blackberry... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Quinta Dos Murcas Minas Douro 2015

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    Light red cherry aromas underlying an earthy spice. Spiced, bold and full bodied with refreshing acidity and a creamy texture, raspberry and cranberry flavors and a finish of light smoke. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Encostas de Favaios Branco Douro

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    Frutado Ideal para acompanhar doces Read More

    Wine review by LJBT


  • Calheiros Cruz Memórias Douro

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    No written review

    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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    No written review

    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


  • 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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