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Quinta do Ataide : Vilariça Valley

Quinta do Ataide : Vilariça Valley | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Although contained within the Demarcated Douro Region, namely in the Douro Superior sub-region, the Vilariça Valley brings together very specific characteristics which provide ideal conditions for organic viticulture:

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To Declare or not to Declare

To Declare or not to Declare | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

"Vintage Port is a fascinating example of a category which has gained a fanatical following amongst a relatively small constituency of wine connoisseurs, most of them based in Great Britain and latterly the USA. Berry Bros are lucky enough to be the largest single importer of Vintage Port into the UK, and to have a treasured stock of early London (BB&R) bottlings of celebrated vintages in the Family Reserves"...

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Churchill’s declare 2011 vintage

Churchill’s declare 2011 vintage | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
Churchill’s Port has followed Symington Family Estates and Sogrape in declaring its 2011 vintage.
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Quinta do Bom Retiro

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TOURIGA NACIONAL GRAPES - Ramos Pinto, Quinta do Bom Retiro

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CARM : Douro Superior

CARM : Douro Superior | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

CARM produces fine wines and award winning olive oil in the Douro Superior, an extraordinary wilderness area, sparsely populated and subject to extremes of temperature... a place like no other, filled with exceptional wildlife and ancient olve trees dating back thousands of years. CARM - Casa Agrícola Roboredo Madeira, viticultores e olivicultores em Almendra no Douro Superior. Agricultura Biológica. Azeites extra virgens DOP de Quinta. Vinhos DOC Douro de Quinta.

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Quinta de La Rosa

Quinta de La Rosa | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Sophia Bergqvist has carefully nurtured the public perception of La Rosa and together with her father Tim, they understand how to market fine wine to a discerning public by sharing information, insight and being scrupulously direct...

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Churchill's Port & D.O.C.

Churchill's Port & D.O.C. | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

'Duelling Banjos' at Johnny Graham's superbly located Quinta da Gricha in the high Douro, home to Churchill's Port and superb award winning Douro still wines....

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Winter Work at S.F.E.

Winter Work at S.F.E. | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Winter work at Quinta das Lages in the Rio Torto, Douro Valley

Image © David Eley

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Ramos Pinto

Ramos Pinto | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

The great Quinta do Bom Retiro is located in the Douro sub-region of Cima Corgo, in the parish of Valença do Douro, Pinhão. The estate straddles the diminutive waters of the river Torto.and comprises a total surface area of 109 ha, at an altitude of  between 110 and 400 metres, 62 ha of which are planted with vines.... this property is the jewel in Ramos Pinto's Port wine crown.

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Vintage Wine Travel

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The ultimate in classic Douro wine tourism with Pipadouro Turismo Fluvial in the world's oldest formally demarcated wine region., fine wine, fine gastronomy onboard Friendship 1. Private visits to legendary wine estates, winemaker dinners and exclusive access to a unique world of fine wine in northern Portugal…como missão a qualidade como excelência. O Douro Vinhateiro e o Romântico Rio Douro como cenário.

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Berry Bros, London: introduction to Port, 15th April 2013

Berry Bros, London: introduction to Port, 15th April 2013 | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
Introduction to Port, Tutored Tasting, 15th April 2013 - Pass the port tonight in the Pickering Cellar and make a success of your Monday evening with Anne McHale, Berrys’ dynamic Wine Education Specialist.
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Quinta do Vallado: the new face of a dynamic Douro

Quinta do Vallado: the new face of a dynamic Douro | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest quintas in the Douro Valley. It once belonged to the 19th century legend Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira and her descendents remain at the helm in the 21st century... making award winning wines and now offering first class accommodation.

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Christian Seely in the Douro

Christian Seely in the Douro | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

"I was in the Douro recently for a magical five days. I don’t often get the opportunity to spend so long there, so it was a real pleasure to have several reasons for being there. First we had the team of Domaine de l’Arlot, whom I had invited to spend a couple of days at Quinta do Noval for their annual outing. For all of them it was a discovery of the Douro Valley, and for most a discovery of how wonderful great Port wine can be"... Christian Seely's blog...

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Vintage Wine Travel

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Vintage Wine Travel in the world's oldest formally demarcated wine region with Pipadouro Turismo Fluvial. Visit the legendary wine estates of the majestic Douro valley, enjoy tutored tastings and private winemaker dinners with unique access to those who create some of greatest Portuguese fine wines.... travel onboard the classic vintage boat 'Friendship 1' while sharing a unique wine experience in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

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Secret Spot Wines

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Secret Spot Wines... Born of a dream pursued as a two-man project...

 

'A single goal: to produce the best wine, true to its roots' : Gonçalo Sousa Lopes & Rui Walter Cunha

 

 

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Quinta da Gaivosa

Quinta da Gaivosa | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

On the dilapidated veranda of a granite outpost high in Quinta da Gaivosa's beautiful terraced vineyards, father and son winemakers Domingos and Tiago Alves de Sousa stand comfortably together, presenting a perfect picture of Douro harmony and united family pride. Their natural modesty belies the great achievement of creating a stunning portfolio of modern Douro wines, encompassing Quinta da Gaivosa, Reserva Pessoal, Vinha de Lordelo, Vale da Raposa and the fast-forward cult cuvée, Abandonado.

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Barca Velha: First Among Equals

Barca Velha: First Among Equals | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Barca Velha was the first great red still wine of Portugal and the first to attain world class status in the modern era. Beyond fortified Port wine, it is this wine, produced only in the very best years, that symbolized Portuguese excellence. For many wine lovers, Barca Velha still defines the image of classic Portuguese fine wine. Though many great producers now co-exist in the 'New Douro', Barca Velha remains a benchmark for both quality and image.

 

Luis Sottomayor is now the man in charge of crafting this great wine: "after joining the winemaking team led by Fernando Nicolau de Almeida in 1989, Luis Sottomayor knew he was in the best company to create one of the finest wines of the Douro.

 

Today, his skills recognized and the quality of his work proven, he heads the oenology team for Casa Ferreirinha and all Sogrape Port Wine brands, a responsibility he assumed in January 2003."

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Vintage Wine Travel

Vintage Wine Travel | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Jorge Rosas conducts a tasting of Ramos Pinto Port wines onboard the classic vintage boat 'Friendship 1' - with Pipadouro, Turismo Fluvial in the Douro valley.

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David Lopes Ramos & Vesúvio

David Lopes Ramos & Vesúvio | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

The late gastronome David Lopes Ramos discovering that one glass of Quinta do Vesúvio vintage Port is simply not enough... seen here with Revista de Vinhos editor Luis Ramos Lopes (left) at the famous Douro quinta in 2010.

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2011 Vintage Ports declared by Symington Family Estates

2011 Vintage Ports declared by Symington Family Estates | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

The Symington family are very pleased and proud to announce our decision to declare 2011 Vintage Ports for seven of our brands:  Graham’s, Dow’s, Warre’s, Cockburn’s, Quinta do Vesuvio and Smith Woodhouse, as well as the Prats + Symington brand Quinta de Roriz.  In addition, the extraordinary conditions of 2011 have enabled us to once more make the limited edition Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio 2011 (previously made only in 2007), and Graham’s has produced the limited edition Graham’s The Stone Terraces Vintage Port for the first time.

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Quinta de Vargellas

Quinta de Vargellas | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

The Taylor's Port vineyard Quinta de Vargellas was acquired in 1893 and is now a Class A vineyard. Learn more about Quinta de Vargellas...

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Vintage Port in Asia

The Vintage Port Academy returned to Hong Kong for the third year to organise a series of exclusive tastings and food and wine pairing events for the ..

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Quinta do Vale do Meão

Quinta do Vale do Meão | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Quinta do Vale Meão produces some the greatest fine wines in the Douro valley. Owned by the direct descendents of Dona Antonia Adelaide Ferreira the estate is situated in the 'Douro Superior' close to Pocinho and the Spanish frontier. The vast Vale Meão estate is home to the original vines and stone adega (image above) where Portugal's first great still wine, 'Barca Velha', was produced. Vito Olazabal is the patriarch of the family and son Xito an award winning winemaker. Website oficial da Quinta do Vale Meão. Quinta do Vale Meão official website.

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Cockburn's: Quinta dos Canais

Cockburn's: Quinta dos Canais | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

The view across Cockburn's great Quinta dos Canais in the Douro valley. In the remote Upper Douro Valley, the magnificent 261 hectare (642 acre) Quinta dos Canais vineyard produces some of the Douro’s finest wines and has formed the mainstay of Cockburn’s Vintage Ports for nearly a century.

“Canais” is the Portuguese word for water channels. The quinta’s name derives from the unique system of granite water channels that were built in the 19th century to bring the water from the ‘Sibio’ waterfall, that cascades down the steep hillside on the western part of the estate, to the vineyard’s houses and orchards.

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Crasto Superior at The Yeatman

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Crasto Superior is a new wine from the Roquette family, here we meet Tomás Roquette with Beatriz Machado of the 5 star Yeatman Hotel in Vila Nova da Gaia enjoying the 2010 vintage, together with the fabulous cuisine of Michelin chef Ricardo Costa...

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