With 25 years experience now under their belt, Douro DOC wine producers are branching out in some exciting directions and attracting influential attention.
Cockburn’s is set to release its 1977 vintage for the first time as part of work to restore the Port brand to its former glory.
Symington Family Estates has planted an experimental vineyard in the hottest part of the Douro to uncover which native grapes are best-suited to the extreme conditions of the Portuguese region.
Symington Family Estates has opened a new visitor centre in the Douro to capitalise on the “booming” tourist industry in Porto.
Planting international grapes in the Douro would be “pure nonsense”, according to Bordeaux’s Bruno Prats.
The conditions required for making great Port are the same as those needed for creating the region’s best table wines too, according to Bordeaux’s Bruno Prats.
Graham’s is offering people the chance to pre-purchase vintage Port in the year of its harvest in order to meet demand for birth and wedding gifts.
Dramatic landslides and heavy rainstorms have brought mixed results from the Douro in a year that Symington Family Estates’ managing director Paul Symington has dubbed “The Year of the Fox”.
Symington Family Estates has launched a single harvest tawny from 1882 under the Graham’s label.
Portuguese wine is “on the cusp” of breaking into the fine wine market, just as the Super Tuscans did during the 1980s, believes one major Douro producer.
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