The Douro’s top 10 Single QuintasBy Rupert Millar
Vintage Ports may be the highest expression of Port but they would be nothing without their constituent single quinta parts. Here we list ten of the most famous.
With the exception of Noval, Vesuvio and de la Rosa which are rare standalone vineyards that are always made as single quintas, the following examples are the stand-out stars that form the backbone and much of the character of their parent lodge’s declared vintages.
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Quinta do Noval – Axa Millésimes
Quinta do Vesuvio – Symington Family Estates
Closer to Spain than it is to the Atlantic, Vesuvio is often subjected to extremely hot temperatures and experiences the lowest rainfall in the Douro. The vines grow alongside figs, lemons, oranges, walnuts, grapefruits and pomegranates.
Quinta de la Rosa – Bergqvist family
Quinta dos Malvedos – Graham’s
Quinta de Vargellas – Taylor’s
One of the Douro’s pre-eminent estates and the absolute backbone of Taylor’s vintage Ports along with Terra Feita and Junco. The heart of the vineyard is an enormous north-facing amphitheatre and it has its own, rather famous, railway station.