Port Producing Quintas of the Douro

When constructing a modern map of the Douro valley, showing the major Port producers, I thought it might be helpful to write a short introduction to each one and that they should also be made available separately for anyone looking for some brief details about a particular Quinta.

Contents

  1. Quinta da Agua Alta
  2. Quinta da Alegria
  3. Quinta do Arnozelo
  4. Quinta do Boa Vista
  5. Quinta do Bomfim
  6. Casa Santa Eufémia
  7. Quinta do Cachão
  8. Casa da Calçada
  9. Quinta dos Canais
  10. Quinta das Carvalhãs
  11. Quinta da Casa Amarela
  12. Quinta do Castelinho
  13. Quinta de Castelo Melhor
  14. Quinta da Cavadinha
  15. Quinta da Colmaça
  16. Quinta do Convento de São Pedro das Águias
  17. Quinta do Côtto
  18. Quinta da Corte
  19. Quinta do Crasto
  20. Quinta da Eira Velha
  21. Quinta de Ervamoira
  22. Quinta do Fojo
  23. Quinta da Foz
  24. Quinta da Gricha
  25. Quinta do Infantado
  26. Quinta do Javali
  27. Quinta do Junco
  28. Quinta do Judeu
  29. Quinta da Leda
  30. Quinta das Lages
  31. Quinta de Madalena
  32. Quinta dos Malvedos
  33. Quinta de Nápoles
  34. Quinta do Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo
  35. Quinta do Noval Nacional
  36. Quinta do Noval
  37. Quinta da Pacheca
  38. Quinta do Panascal
  39. Quinta do Passadouro
  40. Quinta do Pégo
  41. Quinta do Portal
  42. Quinta do Porto
  43. Quinta das Quartas
  44. Quinta do Retiro Novo
  45. Quinta da Roêda
  46. Quinta da Romaneira
  47. Quinta de Roriz
  48. Quinta de la Rosa
  49. Quinta São Luiz
  50. Quinta do Seixo
  51. Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira
  52. Quinta do Síbio
  53. Quinta de Sidró
  54. Quinta do Silval
  55. Quinta Sra do Rosário
  56. Quinta do Tedo
  57. Quinta de Terra Feita
  58. Quinta da Trovisca
  59. Quinta do Tua
  60. Quinta Vale d’Agodinho
  61. Quinta do Vale de Dona Maria
  62. Quinta Vale do Meão
  63. Quinta do Vallado
  64. Quinta de Vargellas
  65. Quinta do Vau
  66. Quinta de Ventozelo
  67. Quinta do Vesuvio
  68. Quinta da Vista Allegre
  69. Quinta de Zimbro

Listings

Quinta da Agua Alta

In existence since at least 1848 (when it appeared on Barron Forrester’s map), this independently owned Quinta formerly supplied wines to Cockburn’s and Taylor’s before becoming a major part of Churchill Graham when the shipper was founded in 1981. A number of SQVP have been commercially produced in secondary years.

Map (Location: 41.165167, -7.622194)
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Quinta da Alegria

Owned by the Morais family since 1919 who were responsible for planted red grapes there for the first time, Alegria is now one of the main quintas for Quevedo, a relatively young Port company founded in 1991. One of small number of Quintas still to have a railway station and, at the bottom of the property, between the railroad and the river a wide extension of orange and lemon trees.

Map (Location: 41.179203, -7.380528)
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Quinta do Arnozelo

Now known as Quinta do Arnozelo. First mentioned in 1527 due to the presence of a chapel to Nossa Senhora da Ribeira on the Quinta, Arnozola was extensively replanted in redeveloped in the 19th Century by Dona Antónia Ferreira. In the 20th Century it was acquired by José Saraiva de Aguilar in 1936 from Ferreira’s family and then by a new company, Sociedade Agrícola Quinta do Arnozelo, in the 1990s who carried out extensive replanting in 1992. In 2004 it was purchased by Sogevinus who now use wines from the Quinta in the Cálem. Reportedly the Taylor Fladgate Partnership was also interested in acquiring the property but bid a third less than Sogevinus.

Map (Location: 41.134452, -7.298183)
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Quinta do Boa Vista

The Quinta with the “Good View” was once home to Barron Forrester, and has contributed to the Port of his company (Offley Forrester) since then, although the property was owned independently until 1979. The importance of Boa Vista for Offley was such that its vintage port was labelled as Offley Boa Vista, long before it became a true SQVP in 1979.

Map (Location: 41.165749, -7.574097)
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Quinta do Bomfim

The Quinta of the “good end” which has been associated with Dow’s since the 1890s. Now a significant contributor to the general Dow’s blend, with SQVP commercially produced in secondary years since 1978.

Map (Location: 41.19, -7.529444)

Notes

WineNotes
1996 SQVP (Rating: C+)
2009 SQVPDense black cherries on the nose. Very dry in the mouth, but perhaps a touch sweeter than I expected. I see that there could be attraction in this but this style is not entirely to my liking. (Rating: P) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)
1999 SQVPSimilar in colour to the Quinta dos Canais 199. Dense cherries on the nose, deeply tannic still in the mouth and, unsurprisingly very dry. Although I do not usually like this style, I thought this was fantastic. (Rating: C) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)

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Casa Santa Eufémia

One half of Quinta de Santa Eufémia which was recently divided into separate properties (the Quinta and the Casa). Now an independent producer of the full range of Ports, including a number of unusual aged white Ports.

Map (Location: 41.13728, -7.743623)
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Quinta do Cachão

Planted in 1845 by the Barão de Seixo and owned by Messias since 1956. Now used it both the regular Messias blends and also to produce a SQVP. Unusually the SQVP is sometimes produced in years of general declarations alongside the regular Messias blend.

Map (Location: 41.143970, -7.332457)
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Casa da Calçada

Dating from the 17th, Casa da Calçada, owned by the Villas Boas family makes a small number of Ports and Douro table-wines in collaboration with Niepoort.

Map (Location: 41.218001, -7.569773)
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Quinta dos Canais

A long-standing component of the Cockburn’s blend but only purchased by the company in 1989. Since then SQVP has been produced in secondary years, with the exception of 2007 when both a regular Cockburn’s and a Canais were sold.

Map (Location: 41.150278, -7.304167)

Notes

WineNotes
2007 SQVPCockburn Lodge. Very drinkable now. Floral. Very attractive. (When drunk: Oporto May 2009.)
2009 SQVPExtremely floral on the nose. Extraordinary sensation of cut grass; it feels like siting in a meadow. Very soft and approachable in the mouth. Fantastic now, and will be an excellent, though probably young-maturing, Port. (Rating: C) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)
1999 SQVPGood colour, though starting to lighten on the rim. On the nose a bit too much rancio for my liking and somewhat too much heat. Not great. (Rating: P-) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)

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Quinta das Carvalhãs

An old Quinta, which can be traced back to at least 1759, Carvalhãs came to be owned by the Real Companhia Velha in 1975. SQVP has been produced in secondary years since 1989, in addition to a Quinta das Carvalhãs basic tawny.

Map (Location: 41.181767, -7.532882)

Notes

WineNotes
1970 SQVPFully mature in colour: a light pink color. Muted nose. In the mouth, orange, caramel and light sugar. Very drinkable now. (Unexpectedly) excellent. (Rating: C) (When drunk: “Bring a bottle tasting”, TCP, 3iv2011.)

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Quinta da Casa Amarela

Dating back to at least 1885, now an independent quinta which produces a small range of Ports and Douro table wines.

Map (Location: 41.140528, -7.814584)

Notes

WineNotes
RubyProbably unfiltered; bottled 2008. Extremely attractive; black cherry jam on the nose, blackcurrants predominating in the mouth. Some tannins but not too many. Needs a few hours in the decanter but not too long. (Rating: C)
White50cl clear glass bottle. The colour is nice; between the darkest straw and the lightest caramel. The nose is also attractive (especially for a white Port). There is quite a lot of fruit; lychees and a touch of orange. Some sweetness too. At back of the nose a slight chemical smell attached to a lot of alcohol. In the mouth an immediate surge of alcohol. The lychee comes eventually, along with some lavender, but this immediately disappears. Then a nasty bitter chemical after-taste. Truly appalling; hopefully a flawed bottle. (Rating: N-)

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Quinta do Castelinho

The modern Castelinho was created in 1848 when the Quintas of Castelinho, Azenha, Vau and Pelão were merged into one large property. It was acquired by the Saraiva family in 1969 who started producing SQVP independently from 1986 when Port could first be exported directly from the Douro. The company now produces the full range of Ports and Douro table wine.

Map (Location: 41.173405, -7.379615)
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Quinta de Castelo Melhor

The main quinta of Duorum, a Port shipper which was established by João Portugal Ramo and José Maria Soares Franco in January 2007 to make high-quality table wines and vintage port from the Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. SQVP is produced in secondary years.

Map (Location: 41.046476, -7.060368)
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Quinta da Cavadinha

Formerly three separate properties which provided wines to Fonseca, Sandeman and Ferreira. Since 1980 has been owned by the Symington Family Estates who have used it in their Warre blend, and produced a SQVP in secondary years.

Map (Location: 41.218614, -7.554281)

Notes

WineNotes
1990 SQVPPlummy colour. Lightening towards the edge. Quite subdued on the nose. In the mouth some fruit remains; very drinkable now but will fade away soon. (Rating: P) (When drunk: TPF “Bring a Bottle” tasting, 10iii2011.)

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Quinta da Colmaça

A small property of 9 hectares, Colmaça has been producing Vintage Port and LBV independently since the start of the 21th Century.

Map (Location: 41.177588, -7.384593)

Notes

WineNotes
2003 VPBlack. Very grapy on the nose. Very austere. Bitter tannins. More Dow than Dow; it will be interesting to see how this develops. (Rating: P) (When drunk: TPF “Bring a Bottle” tasting, 10iii2011.)

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Quinta do Convento de São Pedro das Águias

On the site of a monastery which dates back to 987, São Pedro has been owned since 1986 by the French company Vranken Pommery who produce a range of Ports from the Quinta for export to France.

Map (Location: 41.086096, -7.517738)
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Quinta do Côtto

Côtto was included in the first demarcation (1756) and was replanted in 1932 with a view to producing high quality table wines, with a small range of Ports also produced, independently.

Map (Location: 41.170708, -7.846706)
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Quinta da Corte

An independently owned quinta which has provided the major component of Delaforce’s vintages since the middle of the 20th Century. SQVP has been commercially produced in secondary years since 1978.

Map (Location: 41.163164, -7.547371)

Notes

WineNotes
1974 SQVPSimilar colour to the 1960. Loads of eucalyptus on the nose. In the mouth, some simple sugar. Then more eucalyptus with a little orange. Very good Port in an unusual year. (Rating: P) (When drunk: Delaforce Tasting, 24iv2012.)
1980 SQVPSimilar colour to the 1980. Reddish centre fading slightly on edge. Some mint on nose. Then huge amounts of tobacco. Perhaps some smokey chicory, too. In the mouth, some sugar initially, then cherries on the mid-palate. Aftertaste is smokey and long. Very nice. (Rating: C-) (When drunk: Delaforce Tasting, 24iv2012.)
1984 SQVPPerhaps touch of the 1982. Very, very muted nose. Distant florality. In the mouth, a little sugar, but quite hard work to get anything else. (Rating: P-) (When drunk: Delaforce Tasting, 24iv2012.)
1997 SQVPSame colour as the 1994. Slightly musty smell. Slightly hot. Alcohol obviously present. Very little fruit. Some gritty tannins but less griping than the 1994. A bit disappointing. (Rating: P+) (When drunk: Delaforce Tasting, 24iv2012.)

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Quinta do Crasto

First mentioned in 1615, Quinta do Crasto now independently produces Vintage Port but is perhaps better known for its high-quality Douro table wines.

Map (Location: 41.165833, -7.628056)

Notes

WineNotes
2001 LBV (Rating: P)
1999 LBVAn unfiltered LBV in a half-bottles. Colour is still dark but not entirely opaque, lighting to a dark rusty colour at the rim. An hour after decanting: quite pleasant on the nose: a rich aroma with some cherries and a little rosewater. This carries on into the initial taste in the mouth, which is then followed by a bit of peppery heat. The after-taste is short but pleasant. A combination of licorice and almonds. Reading back through my notes of the 2001, the initial wateriness of this seems comparable. Fine but not great.
2007 VPBlind sample. Dreadful. Muted and tight, there was little on the nose and less on the palate. A bit of a tannic structure but not a great deal and more worrying was a complete lack of fruit. Later this turned out not to be the final Crasto blend. (When drunk: TPF offline 20v2009.)The “proper” blend. Very dark. Still quite muted. Slightly floral, perhaps some liquorish. Very little tannins but a bit of acidity. Not very complex. (When drunk: TPF offline 20v2009.) (When drunk: TPF Offline 26viii2009.)
1970 ColheitaFamily bottling. Extremely nice; quite sweet with lots of toffee on the nose and mouth. (Rating: C+) (When drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting, 17xii2009.)

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Quinta da Eira Velha

One of the oldest Quintas in the Douro, with records dating back to 1513. For much of the 19th Century it was the main component of Hunt, Roope & Co.’s Tuke Holdsworth Port. Between 1918 and 1938 it was used to make Graham’s before supplying Ferreira. Complete control of the Quinta was achieved by the Newman family (who had had a long-standing interest in it) in 1956 who produced a Port under their family’s name (which oddly, before 1966, was aged in Newfoundland before being shipped back to Europe for sale). In 1979 it began to be managed by Cockburn’s who used it to produce SQVP in secondary years. Since 1987 this was shipped under the Martinez label, though the 2000 was shipped under the name of the Quinta alone. The Quinta was sold in 2007 to the Taylor Fladgate Partnership for €3.25million.

Map (Location: 41.192933, -7.553562)

Notes

WineNotes
2000 VPDark, tannic, not particularly complex but quite acceptable. (Rating: P) (When drunk: TPF tasting with Oscar Quevedo 11ii2010.)
1982 SQVPNose a touch off and unpleasant. In the mouth, immediately struck by the sweetness but this was followed by a long an slightly astringent finish which wasn’t so appealing. (Rating: P-) (When drunk: 1982 tasting, 21vi2010.)

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Quinta de Ervamoira

A young Quinta, planted on land previously used to grow cereals in 1974 by José António Ramos Pinto Rosas. Designed with the latest innovations of the time, it was the first Quinta to be entirely mechanised, with block vertical planting by grape variety throughout. It is now a major part of Ramos Pinto’s blend, with a Single Quinta 10 Year Old Tawny being produced.

Map (Location: 41.019914, -7.112854)

Notes

WineNotes
TawnyBright orange with a touch of pink. In the mouth, quite attractive: lots of a fruit balancing the tawniness. Perhaps even a bit of rounded tannins? Certainly the very fruit-centred: almost tastes as if it was made from three bottles of tawny and one bottle of ruby. Very similar to last time, though spoilt by too much heat and alcohol. (When drunk: Ramos Pinto and Chocolate tasting, Charbonnel et Walker, 10xi2010.) (Rating: P) (When drunk: Ramos Pinto and Chocolate tasting, Charbonnel et Walker, 22xi2011.)

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Quinta do Fojo

Quinta do Fojo is best known for its high-quality Douro table wines but Vintage Ports have occasionally been produced.

Map (Location: 41.251589, -7.529390)
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Quinta da Foz

Named “Foz” (“Mouth”) due to its location at the mouth of the Pinhão river, this Quinta (which dates to the 18th Century) has been owned by Cálem since 1885 and has been a significant component in its wines since then. SQVP has been commercially produced since 1982, in secondary years.

Map (Location: 41.189337, -7.549807)
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Quinta da Gricha

Purchased by Churchill Graham in 1999, Quinta da Gricha is now used as a major part of the Churchill Vintage blend; to make SQVP in minor years; and to produce Douro table wines. The winery and lagares date back to 1852.

Map (Location: 41.189894, -7.471261)
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Quinta do Infantado

Infantado was established 1816, and used to supply wines to Taylor’s and Sandeman. A particularly innovated Quinta, it was one of the first to start selling the full range of Port independently in 1979. Other unusual features are the use of organic farming; a single varietal Vintage Port (produced in 1991); and high-quality LBVs which are only made in years when a VP is not declared out of what would be the VP blend.

Map (Location: 41.174067, -7.580298)

Notes

WineNotes
2001 LBVColour: inky black; a little purple on the rim. Very little, thick sediment. Blackcurrent; unusual light feel. Extremely good. Worth extra expense. (Rating: C+)
1996 LBVVinologia. Beginning to mature. Slightly strange on the nose: perhaps barbecue sauce? Not terribly sweet but otherwise attractive. (Rating: P) (When drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010.)
2004 LBV
2007 LBVVery little on the nose. In the mouth extra-ordinary sensation entirely unlike other Ports I have tried: the alcohol and tannins seemed simply not to exist. The most expressive of Infantado’s house style I have found. Others will probably hate this, but I thought it was excellent. (Rating: C) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)
2004 VPSome soft alcohol on the nose. Big fruits and round tannins in the mouth. Lovely spicy aftertaste. (Rating: C) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)
1997 VPPinkish / purple in colour. Some soft fruits on the nose. More fruit and spices in the mouth. Round tannins. Fantastic. (Rating: C) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)

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Quinta do Javali

The “Quinta of the Boar” was extensively replanted in 1985. Since 2000 it has produced a range of Port and Douro tablel wines independently.

Map (Location: 41.173534, -7.379529)
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Quinta do Junco

Developed by Borges & Irmão who bought it in 1906, Junco was sold to Taylor Fladgate Partnership in 1998. It is now used in the Taylor’s blend. A Single Quinta Colheita was produced in 1970.

Map (Location: 41.205385, -7.553304)
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Quinta do Judeu

Named after a Roman-period Jewish statute found on its roof, Quinta do Judeu has been owned by the Alves de Carvalho family sine 1932 who now use it to make high-quality table wines independently.

Map (Location: 41.163961, -7.769139)
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Quinta da Leda

A modern quinta, planted in 1979, Quinta da Leda was restored in the early years of this Century by Sogrape Vinhos, who now use it for the production of tables wines for the Casa Ferreirinha brand.

Map (Location: 41.020531, -7.011573)
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Quinta das Lages

A particularly large Quinta which has been an important part of the Graham’s blend since 1924. Formerly independently owned, it was leased to Graham’s in 2002 for 25 years.

Map (Location: 41.156169, -7.512782)
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Quinta de Madalena

A small property which is owned by Smith Woodhouse and provides an important part of the Smith Woodhouse blend. SQVP has been commercially produced since 1988, in secondary years.

Map (Location: 41.159271, -7.508876)
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Quinta dos Malvedos

The Quinta of the “bad ways” has been associated with Graham’s since being purchased by the Graham family in 1890 and has become an increasingly important component of its Ports since then. A “Graham’s Mavledos” has been produced since 1950 in secondary years, although this has only been marked as a SQVP (“Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos”) since 1998, as, before then, it was often a blended wine.

Map (Location: 41.215833, -7.440556)

Notes

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1957 SQVPExactly the same colour as the 1955. Not so elegant on the nose but still quite well formed. Markedly sweeter on the initial palate followed by a hugely long, elegant, aftertaste. (Rating: C+) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1958 SQVPSlightly darker than the 1957. Very nice on the nose with a surprising amount of fruit left. Sweet and rounded in the mouth. Very attractive. (Rating: C) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1962 SQVPSimilar colour to the 1958 but slightly less pinkish on the edge of the meniscus. The oldest wine to show the straight-forward elegance and balance of the older Malvedos. (Rating: C) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1964 SQVPA measure darker than the 1962. Attractively floral on the nose. Slightly less complex in the mouth than on the nose, but beautifully straight-forward and elegant wine. (Rating: C) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1965 SQVPA very nice Port. Extremely smooth in the mouth with a beautiful elegance and balance. (Rating: C) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1978 SQVPSlightly darker than the 1976 and probably slightly corked due a slight mustiness on the nose. In the mouth it was very expressive and a great pleasure to drink; it would be nice to see what a perfect bottle of this wine would be like. (Rating: P) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1979 SQVPSame colour as the 1978 but with more raisens and a touch of pine or varnish on the nose. In the mouth, a touch astringent and therefore a tiny bit disappointing. (Rating: P-) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1982 SQVPMarkedly darker than the 1979; there was a huge jump in colour between the late 1960s/1970s placemat and the the 1980s. Not particularly dramatic on the nose, but with quite a lot of fruit. Very nice and elegant in the mouth, perhaps still showing some soft and gentle tannins. (Rating: C) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1984 SQVPSimilar colour to the 1982, though perhaps a touch lighter. Very floral on the nose, certainly more elegant than the 1982. On tasting, it was immediately very attractive. Well balanced and elegant, although perhaps there was an ever-so-slight amount of astringency at the end of the aftertaste. (Rating: C) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1986 SQVPExtremely dark; perhaps twice as dark compared to the 1985. Oldest wine to still have a notably tannic backbone. Massive nose but perhaps ever so slightly less fruit than the 1987 which probably just beat it. (Rating: C+) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1987 SQVPExtremely dark and tannic. Probably a bit too dark and tannic to be drunk now. Excellent. (Rating: C+) (When drunk: TPF offline 20v2009.)Extremely dark. Huge nose, full of fruit. Spectacularly sweet initially followed by a long, slightly dry, aftertaste perhaps fading into a touch of bitterness. Excellent. Best young Port of the evening (better than the 1985 Graham’s). (Rating: C+) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1988 SQVPQuite dark. Perhaps a touch less spirited on the nose compared to the monumental ones from 1985-7. Touch of green stalks perhaps. Sweetness initially followed by a dryish after taste. Very nice and attractive. (Rating: C) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1990 SQVPDead. Tobacco on the nose, undrinkable in the mouth. (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1995 SQVPA damaged half bottle, unfortunately, with an oddly stewed sensation on the nose and in the mouth. Not damaged beyond drinkability but certainly not great. (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)Thankfully undamaged half bottle. Fine. (Rating: P) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1996 SQVPVery nice (Rating: C) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1998 SQVPA touch darker than the 1996 and with a touch more complexity and interest. Malvedos is probably the first SQVP where I think the 1998 is likely to be better than the 1996. (Rating: C) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
2001 SQVPSomewhat simpler than many of the other Malvedos, this was an complex and attractive Port, with quite a lot of sweetness. Very nice. (Rating: P) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
2004 SQVP (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
2006 SQVP (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
2008 SQVP“Work in progress” cask sample. Violets. (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1976 SQVPA bit redder than the 1970. Horrible problems on the nose. Possibly quite reasonable on the nose had it survived. (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)Dead; probably this is a weak Port. (Rating: N) (When drunk: TCP 20iv2010.)
2009 SQVPIn the mouth, the sweetness is immediately notable, along with an explosion of fruit. Very good, but perhaps a touch less expressive and interesting than the 2009 Quinta dos Canais. (Rating: C-) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)
1992 SQVPDead. (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)Not quite entirely there on the nose. Nice but not great in the mouth. (Rating: P) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)Good deep colour. Nicely tannic with robust red fruit. (Rating: C) (When drunk: Steak Exchange, 8xi2011.)Deep opaque centre. Fades to red edge. Good Porty smell. Good mild tannins. Nicely rounded. Not quite as much fruit as required to be excellent but perhaps it requires another 10 years to open? Tasting blind, preferred to the Graham’s 1991. (Rating: C) (When drunk: The Bunghole, 15ii2012.)
1999 SQVPQuite dark in colour but disappointingly mute on the nose and in the mouth. Very closed. Give it time and it might mature into something more interesting. (Rating: P) (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)Same colour as the other 1999s. Slightly subdued compared to the Bomfim on the nose. In the mouth this was hard work with some primary fruits and sugar appearing, but it felt rather closed and unaccessible at the moment. (Rating: P+) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)Good purply-red centre. Just about opaque. Reddish edge. Nose a step better than anything else at the tasting. Very expressive with lots of red fruits. In the mouth, extremely sweet: a hit of icing sugar. Then followed by some light fruits. Perhaps moving into strawberries? Some residual tannins. Short aftertaste. Pretty good Port and one which is becoming drinkable again. (Rating: C-) (When drunk: Davy’s Tasting at the Woolgate) (Rating: C-) (When drunk: Davy’s Tasting at the Woolgate) (When drunk: “Life on the Douro” Screening, 2iv2012.)

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Quinta de Nápoles

A long-established Quinta, which traces its history back to 1496, which was bought and extensively refurbished by Niepoort in 1987. It now contains a large, state-of-the-art winemaking facility, with the wines from the Quinta being used in the Niepoort blend and to make a number of Douro table wines.

Map (Location: 41.148805, -7.642552)
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Quinta do Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

Although the date 1764 appears over the property, the Quinta is older, being included in the first demarcation of the Douro (1756). The property was bought by the Real Companhia Velha in 1987 who sold it to Burmester in 1991. Burmester ran the Quinta as a separate label, producing SQVP in both major and lesser years. The Quinta was then acquired in 1999 by the Amorim family (better known as leading cork producers) who, since 2005 have been operating independently, producing a small range of Port and Douro table wines.

Map (Location: 41.162114, -7.595608)

Notes

WineNotes
RubySoft fruit on the nose. Similar in mouth but a bit spirity. Fine but unexciting. (Rating: P-) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)
RubyNormal reserve. Similar to the CLÃ. Softer fruit, though, and a more rounded elegant wine, with everything falling into place making it an excellent ruby to try. (Rating: P+) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)
2005 LBVVery light colour. Soft fruit on the nose and a very, very subtle taste which is let down by a little heat. (Rating: P-) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)

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Quinta do Noval Nacional

Not a separate Quinta but a small part of the Noval property, planted in the early-to-mid 1920s. It is notable for being one of the few post-phylloxera vineyards where the grapes are grown ungrafted (i.e. on their own, rather than American, root-stock). In most major years, Noval produces a premium Vintage Port from the Nacional wines, which usually commands 10 times the price of the normal Noval.

Map (Location: 41.213594, -7.536122)
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Quinta do Noval

First mentioned in 1715, Quinta do Noval is the most prominent Port company to be named after its main Quinta. This was primarily due to the work of António José da Silva who bought the Quinta in 1894 and spent the next 30 years developing it and marketing the wines. His descendants (laterly the van Zellers) continued to run the company until 1993 when it was sold to the insurance company AXA. A full range of Ports are produced, with those made on the Quinta being labelled as “Quinta do Noval” and those blended from other properties simply as “Noval”.

Map (Location: 41.213333, -7.537778)

Notes

WineNotes
2001 LBV (Rating: P)
RubySingle glass at a dinner.Horrific. (Rating: N-)
2007 SQVPBlind sample. Most interesting of the 2007s drunk that night. Not the best to drink on the night, nor the dark tannic monster that one would expect a very young Vintage Port to be. One the nose the was tobacco and a certain spicyness. Followed up,by more complex flavours including a fair bit of rhubarb. Slightly less tannic than Niepoort, it was an interesting Port which I look forward to revisiting when it is more mature. (When drunk: TPF offline 20v2009.)
2007 VPBlind sample. Really shinned. Perfectly drinkable despite being so young. Very floral on the nose. Probably the best of the Ports at the moment. I wrote that it had “more tannins [than Quinta da Romaneira]” which might be a good sign for its long-term maturity. (When drunk: TPF offline 20v2009.)
1931 VPLeaking bottle. Ever so slightly cloudy. Pungent and woody on the nose. Perhaps slight varnish which carries on to the mouth. Slightly bitter with a fruity aftertaste. (When drunk: AHB 11vi2009.)
1975 VP (When drunk: TPF Offline 26viii2009.)
1966 VP (When drunk: TPF 1966 v 1967 Tasting, 13xi2009.)Fairly well mature. (Rating: C) (When drunk: TPF Christmas Offline.)
1967 VP (When drunk: TPF 1966 v 1967 Tasting, 13xi2009.)
1966 VP (When drunk: TPF 1966 v 1967 Tasting, 13xi2009.)
1967 VP (When drunk: TPF 1966 v 1967 Tasting, 13xi2009.)
1963 VP(Two separate bottles were consumed). (When drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting, 17xii2009.)
1995 LBVA rarely-produced second label for Noval which is shipped entirely to the UK. (When drunk: TPF Christmas Tasting, 17xii2009.)
Tawny
RubyNice fruity and grapey nose, very much like a young VP. Then extremely dense and tannic in the mouth. Would be brilliant if it was either sold unfiltered or pre-aged at the lodge, so it would be a bit softer and more mature when drunk. (When drunk: TPF Malvedos Tasting, 22iii2010.)
1982 VPNo nose at all. Nice dark colour though. Subtle red fruit. A little too understated. (Rating: P) (When drunk: 1982 tasting, 21vi2010.)
1970 VP (When drunk: 1970 Tasting, 15vii2010) (Rating: C) (When drunk: TPF 30+ Initial Offline.)
1991 VPGood red colour. Slightly corked on the nose but not unbearably. Some elegant fruit. Sweetness predominates. Would be nice if not corked. (Rating: P) (When drunk: TPF “Bring a Bottle” tasting, 10iii2011.)
2004 LBVNow made exclusively with grapes from the Quinta, this LBV was a touch darker than the other 2004 LBVs tasted and was also younger on the nose, with those complex aromas of a very young Port still being obvious. In the mouth, surprisingly dry and tannic. Almost as austere as a Dow, with very little primary fruit being present. (Rating: P) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)
2008 VPVery dark and grapy on the nose. Huge explosion of flowers in the mouth, with some fruit and soft round tannins supporting them. Very good. (Rating: C) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)
1945 VPGood red colour. Horrible bottle stink. In the mouth, some slight rounded cherries. Followed by long, woody, aftertaste but let down, alas, by the bottle stink. (When drunk: Chistmas Tasting, 15xii2011.)
1955 VP (Rating: C+) (When drunk: TPF “Bring a wine to share” Offline.)Excellent. Sweet with some fruit. (Rating: C) (When drunk: Christmas Tasting, 15xii2011.)
TawnyDeep red colour. Initially lots of fruit. Followed by extremely long aftertaste combining nuts and Marzipan. Very nice. (Rating: C+) (When drunk: Christmas Tasting, 15xii2011.)

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Quinta da Pacheca

First mentioned in 1738, Pacheca has been independently owned by the Pimentel family since 1903. Much of the grapes are used to make Douro table wine. The Port from the Quinta was formerly sold to Cockburn’s but since about 2000, a small range of Ports have been independently made and sold.

Map (Location: 41.155733, -7.798340)

Notes

WineNotes
2003 LBVLoads of sediment so obviously unfiltered. Very dark in colour, nose and palate. A strong rancio dominates, though, which is somewhat unattractive to me. (Rating: N)

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Quinta do Panascal

Panascal was acquired by Fonseca in 1978, although the wines from it had been an important component in the Fonseca Vintage Port for at least 20 years before that. SQVP has been produced occasionally, in secondary years.

Map (Location: 41.146798, -7.573131)

Notes

WineNotes
1996 SQVP (Rating: P+)
1998 SQVPVery similar to the 1998 Fonseca Guimaraens. Some cherries on the nose. Attractive in the mouth, though perhaps with the merest touch of astringency meeting its sweetness. (Rating: X) (When drunk: Fonseca and Fonseca Guimaraens Tasting, 4iv2011.) (Rating: P) (When drunk: Uncorked tasting.)

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Quinta do Passadouro

Bought by a German, Dieter Bohrmann, in 1991, a range of table wines and Port were made at Passadouro in collaboration with Niepoort until 2004 when they started to be produced entirely independently.

Map (Location: 41.235075, -7.531246)

Notes

WineNotes
2005 LBVLBV 79 Restaurant. Dark and fruity with lots of life. An LBV which bodes well for the future. (Rating: P+) (When drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010.)
1997 VPDeep purple. Quite muted on the nose. Slightly bitter. Very drinkable but without a great complexity. One for quaffing! (Rating: P) (When drunk: Blind tasting, TCP, 8xi2010)
2004 VPSome cherries on the nose. Quite closed on the palate but more expressive than the 2007, with a certain amount of spiciness. Very nice. (Rating: C) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)
2007 VPSome fruit present on the nose but the aroma is subtle. In the mouth the driest and most tannic of the 2007s on show. Very hard to access for that reason: needs much time to open-out. (Rating: P) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)
2005 LBVSome fruit on the nose but, overall a very soft sensation with a slight amount of rancio. Fine, but slightly unexciting. (Rating: P-) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)

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Quinta do Pégo



Map (Location: 41.162001, -7.570374)
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Quinta do Portal

The eponyous property of Quinta do Portal, a shipper set up in 1991 Mansilha family who have been historic owners of number of properties in the area. A range of Port, Douro table wine and fortified Moscatel are produced, although the majority of the wines for the Quinta do Portal vintage blend are grown not on Portal but on Quinta dos Muros.

Map (Location: 41.243728, -7.555164)

Notes

WineNotes
2006 VPVinologia. Could easily have been one of the 2007s. Extremely dark with a huge amount of fruit on the nose with, perhaps, a touch of chocolate. In the mouth there was even more fruit with, perhaps, red-cbinquintaevent urrants and black cherries being the most obvious ones. This was followed up with huge tannins, and very little sugar or alcohol. (When drunk: Oporto May 2009.)

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Quinta do Porto

Porto was extensively developed in the mid-19th Century by Dona Antónia Ferreira, who purchased it in 1863. Since then it has remained associated with Ferreira, who now use it to make a Single Quinta 10 Year Old Tawny.

Map (Location: 41.173574, -7.564430)
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Quinta das Quartas

Bought by Manoel Poças in 1923 and associated with his company, Poças, since 1988, this Quartas is now mostly used for winemaking and maturing.

Map (Location: 41.155208, -7.835333)
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Quinta do Retiro Novo

Purchased by Wiese & Krohn in 1989 as their main Douro property for producing Port wine.

Map (Location: 41.159582, -7.522802)

Notes

WineNotes
2007 VPVinologia. Chocolate and marzipan on the nose. Lots of cherries in the mouth. No obvious tannins; extremely pleasant to drink. Will this last? (Rating: P) (When drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010.)

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Quinta da Roêda

Planted in the early 18thP Century, Roeda was purchased by John Fladgate (the middle anamed partner in the Taylor Fladgate Partnership) in 1862 who was subsequently elevated to the title of “Barão de Roêda”. When Fladgate’s daughter married Charles Wright of Croft’s in 1875, the property became associated with that shipper and became the key component of its vintage blends. SQVP is produced in minor and some major years.

Map (Location: 41.185146, -7.530613)

Notes

WineNotes
1995 SQVP (Rating: P)
2005 SQVPDark. Dense multi-faceted fruit on the nose. Black currants, perhaps, along with dark cherries. A touch of heat though. In the mouth, a lovely unctuous mouth-feel. Not particularly sweet, nor strong on fruit, but well balanced and elegant. (Rating: P+)
1967 SQVPVery nice, one of the best 1967 SQVPs. (Rating: C) (When drunk: Blind tasting, TCP, 8xi2010)
1982 SQVPBrick red, though slightly muted on the nose. Very enjoyable but noticeable less elegant than the Churchill 1982. (Rating: P+) (When drunk: Blind tasting, TCP, 8xi2010)
1997 SQVPHuge fruit on the nose which was let down badly on the palate where odd taste distinctly lacking in fruit prevailed. Perhaps under-decanted? (Rating: P) (When drunk: Uncorked tasting.) (Rating: P) (When drunk: Uncorked tasting.) (When drunk: Berry Bros., 1xii2011)

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Quinta da Romaneira

One of the largest properties in the Douro, Romaneira has had a long and complex history. Some of the earliest SQVP known to have been exported (a Romaneira 1861) were produced on the Quinta. For much of the 20th Century the Quinta was controlled by Borges & Irmão, through the personal ownership of a director, António Borges Vinagre whose family started producing a range of Ports from the Quinta, independently, in 1985.

Map (Location: 41.202213, -7.497236)

Notes

WineNotes
2007 VPBlind sample. Was one of the best two samples on the night. Extremely drinkable it was probably the most floral of the samples (although there was also a heavy grapyness). The tannins were quite light; it does make me wonder how long this vintage will last. Second after Noval. (When drunk: TPF offline 20v2009.)Very floral on the nose. Soft and elegant in mouth. Extremely drinkable. Excellent. (Rating: C) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)
2004 VPSpicy fruit on the nose. Again very soft in the mouth but with much more robust tannins. Probably excellent after many years. (Rating: C) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)
2004 LBVVery soft and fruit-full. Entirely gluggable. (Rating: C) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)

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Quinta de Roriz

Historically one of the most famous Quintas in the Douro, with a long history beginning with the building of a shooting lodge on the site by a Scot, Robert Archibald, in the early 18th Century. Roriz was the first Quinta from which Single Quinta wines were exported, by C.N. Kopke (perhaps as early as the late 18th Century, though bottles of SQVP from 1832 are known). In the early 20th Century, the wines were sold under the Roriz label until the 1930s when they were blended into Ferreira and Quinta do Noval. From 1999 a range of Port and Douro wines was produced by the van Zeller family (formerly owners of Quinta do Noval), in collaboration with the Symington Family Estates. The later bought the Quinta outright in 2009.

Map (Location: 41.194875, -7.477934)

Notes

WineNotes
1991 VPLightening on the edge. Some fruit. A bit austere. Closed down; needs more years. (Rating: P) (When drunk: TPF “Bring a Bottle” tasting, 10iii2011.)

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Quinta de la Rosa

de la Rosa’s history dates from 1906 when it was bought, renamed and given to Claire Feuerheerd as a christening present. The Quinta was initially used to produce Feuerheerd port (now sold as Hutcheson Feuerheerd by Barros) with several SQVP being produced. In the middle of the Century, the wines were sold to Robertson’s Rebello Valente before independent production of Port restarted in 1988.

Map (Location: 41.182013, -7.552779)

Notes

WineNotes
RubyQuinta de la Rosa. Good fruit. Extremely high quality. Worth seeking out. (Rating: C) (When drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010.)
1999 LBVQuinta de la Rosa. Fine, maturing LBV. Let down by a certain amount of rancio on the nose. (Rating: P) (When drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010.)
2005 LBVQuinta de la Rosa. Ok but not terribly exciting. Somewhat disappointing after the Ruby Reserve. (Rating: P) (When drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010.)
White (Rating: N) (When drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010.)
Tawny (Rating: P-) (When drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010.)
Tawny (Rating: P-) (When drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010.)
RubyQuinta de la Rosa. Not a great deal of fruit. A little weak, especially compared to the Reserve. (Rating: P-) (When drunk: Oporto and Douro October 2010.)
1991 VPStill very dark with only a little lightening. Not great on the nose: licorice and pepper. Very nice and attractive in the mouth. Milk chocolate predominates. One of the bettbiner 19200791s I have tried for drinking now. (Rating: C) (When drunk: “Bring a bottle tasting”, TCP, 3iv2011.)
1997 Colheita (When drunk: Berry Bros., 1xii2011)

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Quinta São Luiz

Probably founded in the 19th Century, São Luiz was bought by C.N. Kopke in 1922 who have used it as an important component of their Vintage Ports (to the extent that many vintages have been, in effect, SQVP).

Map (Location: 41.157526, -7.616605)

Notes

WineNotes
1970 SQVPExcellent; a revelation (When drunk: TPF Offline 26viii2009.)
1977 SQVPDead, unfortunately. Perhaps a touch of the St. Luiz ’70? (When drunk: TPF Offline 26viii2009.)

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Quinta do Seixo

First mentioned in the mid 19th Century, the Quinta was bought by Sousa Guedes towards the end of the Century, who used it in their Port until it was purchased by Ferreira in 1979. It is now contains the main winemaking facility for Ferreira, as well as contributing its own wine to the Ferreira blend. A single SQVP, a 1983, has been produced.

Map (Location: 41.167792, -7.555300)
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Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira

Purchased by George Warre in 1889 for Silva & Cosens who used it in the Dow’s blend. The Quinta was sold in 1952 by the Symington Family Estates (who, by then, owned Dow’s), and the wines sold to other shippers, but was re-bought in 1988 and is again used to Dow’s VP. SQVP has been occassionally produced in secondary years.

Map (Location: 41.146584, -7.260128)

Notes

WineNotes
2009 SQVPViolets on the nose. Some heat, too. Fruit not as vibrant as one might expect. Will be interesting to see how this develops. It may need more time to open. (Rating: C-) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)

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Quinta do Síbio

Previously know as Quinta do Jordão, after the family who owned it before 1934, and Quinta do Pinheiro (“of the pine trees”). Dating from the at least the 19th Century, it was owned by the Real Companhia Velha for much of the 20th, with some SQVP being produced. In the 21st Century, the wine was often sold to Graham’s who bought the property in 2012 since it adjoins Quinta dos Malvedos, their most important Quinta.

Map (Location: 41.210285, -7.460403)
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Quinta de Sidró

Planted in the early th Century by the Marquês de Soveral in whose family it was passed down until being purchased by Real Companhia Velha in 1972 who now use it in the their cheaper Port blends.

Map (Location: 41.145053, -7.398005)
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Quinta do Silval



Map (Location: 41.230690, -7.528977)
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Quinta Sra do Rosário



Map (Location: 41.139203, -7.394528)
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Quinta do Tedo

Purchased in 1992 by Vincent Bouchard, who had grown up in Burgundy, Tedo now independently produces a range of Ports and Douro table wines.

Map (Location: 41.156864, -7.640347)
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Quinta de Terra Feita

The current Quinta de Terra Feita has been created by Taylor’s acquiring and merging four separate Quintas (which had been a longstanding contributor to the Taylor’s blend for over a Century) between 1974 and 1990. SQVP has been produced, commercially, in secondary years since 1986.

Map (Location: 41.228733, -7.544861)

Notes

WineNotes
1996 SQVP (Rating: C)
1999 SQVPSample glass at the time of decanting was quite unpleasant. Far too much alcohol. All other flavours obscured. Improved a bit after an hour or so. Greatly improved after about a day. Then, on the nose, lots of blackberries. In the mouth, a little disappointing: a bit musty in the back of the throat. Returned to the bottle a couple of days latter. Musty sensation had almost entirely disappeared with the sugar tasting ever so treacly. Extremely light to drink. (Rating: C)

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Quinta da Trovisca



Map (Location: 41.159203, -7.395528)
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Quinta do Tua

Formerly owned, but not extensively used, by Dona Antónia Ferreira, the land currently occupied by Tua was bought by Cockburn’s in 1889 and extensively replanted. In 1973 the neighbouring Quinta da Chousa was purchased and merged with Tua and the wines provided and important part of the Cockburn’s blend until 2006 when the Quinta was sold to Graham’s. A single SQVP, a 1987, has been produced.

Map (Location: 41.212113, -7.428110)
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Quinta Vale d’Agodinho



Map (Location: 41.138970, -7.355457)
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Quinta do Vale de Dona Maria

Dating from at least the mid 19th Century, wines from Vale de Dona Maria were formerly used in the Smith Woodhouse blend. In 1996 the property was purchased by Cristiano van Zeller, whose family had formerly owned Quinta do Noval. It now produces, independently, a range of Ports and Douro table wines.

Map (Location: 41.165159, -7.511730)

Notes

WineNotes
2003 VPVery dark. Very austere on the nose. More fruity in the mouth and somewhat rounded. Good tannins. Nice. (Rating: P+) (When drunk: TPF “Bring a Bottle” tasting, 10iii2011.)

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Quinta Vale do Meão

Purchased by Dona Antónia Ferreira in 1877, Vale Meão provided wines for the Ferreira blend until Ferreira’s great-great-grandson, Vito Olazabal, bought out his relatives in 1994 and started producing a range of Ports and table wines, independently, in 1999.

Map (Location: 41.148874, -7.128110)
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Quinta do Vallado

Dating from 1716, Vallado has been owned by the Ferreira family since Dona Antónia Ferreira purchased it in the 19th Century. Since 1995 the Quinta has been producing, independently, a range of Douro table wines and Single Quinta 10- and 20-year old tawny Ports.

Map (Location: 41.162361, -7.766167)
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Quinta de Vargellas

Formerly three separate Quintas which were purchased by Taylor’s from the Ferreira family between 1893 and 1896. Since 1908 Vargellas has been the primary component in the Taylor’s Vintage blend. The Ferreiras exported and sold SQVP in the 19th Century, with Taylor’s producing them in secondary years since at least 1910, and marketing them commercially since 1958. In 1970 a commemorative Vargellas was produced from vineyards about to be lost due to the damming of the Douro. Since 1995 a premium Vargellas “Vinha Velha” has been produced in certain major and secondary years from the grapes of a small plot of old vines.

Map (Location: 41.142778, -7.315833)

Notes

WineNotes
1996 SQVP (Rating: C)Generally regarded as “closed”. With time will probably be great. (Rating: C) (When drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP, 24iii2009.)
1997 SQVP (Rating: P) (When drunk: Uncorked tasting.)
1967 SQVPCorney and Barrow bottling. Bottled 1969. TPF TCP Tasting 15i2009. Retasted TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP, 24iii2009. Nose is surprisingly subdued, with a slight tumeric-like spiciness. In the mouth, quite lovely; it is showing a bit of the traits of the ’64, with only a little sugar, some pepper and tumeric. This leads to a surprisingly bitter aftertaste, although not in an unpleasant way. Although the tannins have faded, it is still quite complex and it lasts a great deal of time in the mouth. (Rating: P+) (Rating: P+) (When drunk: TPF 1966 v 1967 Tasting, 13xi2009.)Oporto bottled in 1970. Slightly darker, with a touch more fruit than the Corney and Barrow bottled 1969, but without the complexity of the maturer bottles. (Rating: P+) (When drunk: TPF 1966 v 1967 Tasting, 13xi2009.) (When drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP, 24iii2009.)
1964 SQVPStill dark, and showing quite a lot of fire. In the mouth, a bit of pepper, with perhaps a little of the grassyness which re-emerged with some of the younger Vargellas. (When drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP, 24iii2009.)
1965 SQVPOn the nose of this was a huge amount of toffee and caramel. In the mouth, quite similar to the 64, with perhaps ever-so-slightly less fire and pepper. (When drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP, 24iii2009.)
1972 SQVPNot generally liked. (When drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP, 24iii2009.)
1978 SQVPA measure darker than its older brethren at the tasting and likewise tasted a bit younger, with some more fruit and heat than was present in the others. It also seemed a bit simpler on the palate. On revisiting the next night, nose is more muted than on the other Vargellas only a little spirit. Perhaps the bottle was corked. The toffee of some of the Vargellas is also there, though only slightly, as is a slight grassyness. On the palate, it is initially quite muted, fading into a little pepper, with an extra sweetness (say of strawberry syrup) which is lacking in the 1967 The fire is still present, although not too intrusive with the port feeling fairly round and with a shortish aftertaste. (When drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP, 24iii2009.)Red but fading in colour. A bit spirity on the nose. Cinnamon predominates. In the mouth, sweet with good fruit remaining and a slightly bitter aftertaste which I think is very characteristic of a Vargellas. (Rating: P) (When drunk: “Bring a bottle tasting”, TCP, 3iv2011.)
1982 SQVPNot generally liked. (When drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP, 24iii2009.)
1987 SQVPFar more less mature than the others. Not particularly pleasant on the night; perhaps needs more time. (When drunk: TPF Vargellas tasting, TCP, 24iii2009.)
2007 SQVPCask sample. (When drunk: TPF 1966 v 1967 Tasting, 13xi2009.)
1969 RubyInauguration of the the Prince of Wales bottling. Deep red. Blackberries on the nose. Very elegant in the mouth with well integrated alcohol. Excellent. Probably better than the Varegllas SQVPs from the 1960s! (Rating: C+) (When drunk: TPF Christmas Offline.)
2001 SQVPI was struck by complexity compared to the Taylor LBV and Ruby. Dense black morello cherries on the nose. Nice complex jammyness in the mouth. Some tannins. Odd after-taste of cabbages, though (?!); perhaps caused by a flaw in the glasses or the bottle. (Rating: P) (When drunk: Taylor’s and Cheese, Milbank, 20xii2010.)

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Quinta do Vau

Purchased by Sandeman in 1988 and extensively refurbished, Quinta do Vau is now an important part of the Sandeman blend. SQVP has been produced in major and minor years.

Map (Location: 41.198063, -7.460731)
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Quinta de Ventozelo

First mentioned in 1806, Ventozelo is a very large property on the site of a Cistercian monastery. Never tied to a single Port shipper, the Quinta was bought in 1999 by the Spanish shellfish company Proinsa, who now independently produce the full range of Ports and Douro table wine.

Map (Location: 41.186454, -7.513592)
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Quinta do Vesuvio

Bought by the Ferreira family in 1823 and developed and enlarged on a grand scale by Dona Antónia Ferreira, Vesuvio was one of the few Quintas to be known in the UK in the 19th Century. In the 20th Century, its wines were used in the Ferreira blend, until the Quinta was bought by the Symington Family Estates in 1989. Vesuvio is now sold as a premium SQVP which is unusually made in all but the worst years. In 2007 a premium “Vesuvio Capela” wine was released.

Map (Location: 41.141111, -7.261667)

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WineNotes
1989 VPLightest of the Vesuvios with a bit of caramel / brown colouring on the edge. Quite watery initially on the mouth, followed by a bit of roundness and fruit. Very end of the aftertaste had a bit of tumeric or other spice. Tasted like it was aging fairly quickly. Perfectly drinkable, unspectacular Port. (Rating: P) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
1990 VPSame colour as the 89, except slightly rosy around the edge. Touch rounder and sweeter than the 89 on the nose. An intense icing-sugar sweetness even more pronounced on the palate. Underpinned by the same wateriness as the ’89 and a bit more fruit. (Rating: P) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
1991 VPA step darker than the 89 and 90. Lots more fruit on the nose, too, though in the mouth that same immediate wateriness was present. Quite muted but elegant. Tasted rather closed. Very drinkable. (Rating: P+) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
1992 VPSame colour as the ’91. Slightly stewed sensation on the nose and in the mouth. Incredibly bitter aftertaste. Not great; a disappointment. (Rating: P-) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
1995 VPPerhaps a touch darker than the ’94. More muted on the nose with, unfortunately, a touch of the ’92. Much less well balanced and integrated: immediate hit of sugar followed by complete disintegration and a bitter aftertaste. Hopefully some age will allow the pieces to fall in the right place. (Rating: P-) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)Deep purple. Bit of heat on the nose, slightly astringent in the mouth, with lots of good fruit hidden underneath. Needs time to open up. (Rating: P-) (When drunk: “Bring a bottle tasting”, TCP, 3iv2011.)
1996 VPExcellent. Pretty much the same colour as the ’94. Noticably chewy tannins in the mouth, though not quite as much fruit as the ’94. Slight coffee in the aftertaste. Lovely Port; certainly the best non-major-year Vesuvio from the 1990s. (Rating: C+) (When drunk: TPF LBV Tasting.) (Rating: C+) (When drunk: TPF LBV Tasting.) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
1997 VPSame colour as the ’96. Very muted on the nose and in the mouth, too. Quite elegant to drink now but very subdued. Probably needs more time to open up. (Rating: C) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
1998 VPSlightly darker than the ’97. A bit more “bight” or “grip” to it, too, though at the expense of some of the ’97’s elegance. (Rating: P+) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
1999 VPTouch darker than the ’99. Quite a lot of fruit on the nose but more subdued than the major declared years. Bit of fruit in the mouth, too, though not as exciting or complex as the major years. (Rating: P) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
2000 VPNotably a step darker than anything that has come before. Strikingly immature on the nose and challenging to drink, too. Dense and complex but obviously far too young to be enjoyed now. (Rating: C) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
2001 VPA touch lighter than the 2000. Quite muted on the nose and in the palate but elegant to drink now. (Rating: P+) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
2003 VPSame colour as the 2000 with a very similar nose. Notably more youthful, though. Obviously very immature in the mouth but still quite elegant, despite the tannic edge to it. (Rating: C) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
2004 VPDarker than the ’03. Very grappy on the nose, although in the mouth has that immediate wateriness that was only apparent on the older Vesuvios. Strong tannins. Obviously an excellent wine; the best from the 2000s from non-major years. (Rating: C) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
2005 VPAlmost the same colour as the ’04, though a touch darker. Quite subdued on the nose compared to the ’04, albeit with quite a lot of heat. Well rounded in the mouth without a particular tannic grip. (Rating: P+) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
2006 VPDarker, again, than the 2005. Very grappy and youthful on the nose. Nicely rounded and fruity in the mouth, followed by a huge tannic grip. Quite hard to drink after the first mouthful. (Rating: P+) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
2007 VPDark. Massive, huge nose. Extremely sweet on the mouth though, like many other 07s, quite elegant and not particularly tannic. (Rating: P+) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
2007 VPCask sample. (When drunk: TPF 1966 v 1967 Tasting, 13xi2009.)Dark, again. Much less present on the nose than the normal ’07. Surprisingly subtle on the palate with very few tannins. Subdued elegance which makes it extremely drinkable now. If this lasts to maturity it should be spectacular. (Rating: C+) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
2008 VP“Work-in-progress Cask Sample”. Very dark. Sweet. Tannic. Impossible to drink. (Rating: P+) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.)
2009 VPNearly a quarter Sousão, this had a spicy nose with very soft red fruit in mouth. Some cherries, again, as might be expected. Fantastic. (Rating: C) (When drunk: Big Fortified Tasting, London, 7iv2011.)
1994 VPA step darker than the older wines (particularly the ’91 and ’92). Massive and spectacular on the nose; full of fruit. Tastes even more massive than the nose and colour would indicate. Oldest Vesuvio still to have a noticeable tannic backbone. Extremely well rounded and balanced; absolutely stunning Port. (Rating: C+) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.) (Rating: C+) (When drunk: TPF Vesuvio Tasting 22ii2010.) (When drunk: Berry Bros., 1xii2011)

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Quinta da Vista Allegre

Dating from the 19th Century, Vista Allegre has been run by Vallegre, a new Portuguese shipper, since 1998 who produce the full range of Ports and Douro table wines from it.

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Quinta de Zimbro

The “juniper” Quinta, Zimbro is mentioned in the first demarcation of the Douro in 1758 and was owned by the Barros family until being the first Quinta acquired by George Warre in 1888 for Silva & Cosens (who used it in their Dow’s blend). Zimbro was sold in the 1950s to the Pinto Espanyols family (at the same time that Quinta Senhora da Ribeira was sold). The grapes continue to be sold back to be used in the Dow’s blend, although Manuel Hespanhol has produced table wines from it since 2003. In the 1870s and 1880s some SQVP was produced from the property by Feuerheerd.

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With thanks to Derek Turnbull and Glenn Elliott for contributions of a number of co-ordinates. Other major sources include “Port Wine Quintas of the Douro” by Alex Liddell and Janet Price and “Vintage Port” by James Suckling. The map is powered by Google Maps. Those who wish to reuse the data (which is released under a Creative Commons licence) may download the XML. Typefaces are by Jos Buivenga.