Northern Portugal

Northern Portugal

Northern Portugal is the home of Port, most famous of all the world's fortified wines, and it is unsurprising that this marvellous drink steals attention away from the other fine and unusual products of the region. In recent years the wines of the Vinho Verde and Douro districts have emerged from the shadows to become recognised and appreciated on the international market.

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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Upper Douro
    A harmonious blend of dried fruits, caramel, and nutty aromas. Smooth and luscious on the palate with notes of figs, toasted almonds, and a hint of bu... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Upper Douro
    A harmonious blend of dried fruits, caramel, and nutty aromas. Smooth and luscious on the palate with notes of figs, toasted almonds, and a hint of bu... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro Valley
    A wine of dark colour, resembling ripe cherries, with aromas of red and black fruit with a hint of florality. In the mouth, it reveals the characteris... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro Valley
    A wine of dark colour, resembling ripe cherries, with aromas of red and black fruit with a hint of florality. In the mouth, it reveals the characteris... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Vinho Verde
    A zesty dry white made from local grape varieties. Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Vinho Verde
    A zesty dry white made from local grape varieties. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    Immensely fruited with a balanced concentration of flavours. Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage ports just go from strength to strength. Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    Immensely fruited with a balanced concentration of flavours. Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage ports just go from strength to strength. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Mineral, lemon, lime and flint on the nose. Reductive and fascinating. Medium to full body with creamy texture. Lemon rind and curd. Some nougat and s... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Mineral, lemon, lime and flint on the nose. Reductive and fascinating. Medium to full body with creamy texture. Lemon rind and curd. Some nougat and s... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    Rich and fruity, a very good ruby port. Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    Rich and fruity, a very good ruby port. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    Immensely fruited with a balanced concentration of flavours. Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage ports just go from strength to strength. Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    Immensely fruited with a balanced concentration of flavours. Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage ports just go from strength to strength. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    A round and soft Port, with lots of sweet berry and plummy fruit, verging on jam. Full bodied and round, with a long, sweet finish. Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    A round and soft Port, with lots of sweet berry and plummy fruit, verging on jam. Full bodied and round, with a long, sweet finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Inky black in colour with concentrated blackcurrant and blackberry aromas. There are also notes of coffee and hints of wild herbs and mint. Jammy frui... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Inky black in colour with concentrated blackcurrant and blackberry aromas. There are also notes of coffee and hints of wild herbs and mint. Jammy frui... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Deep, rich and luscious with herby cassis fruits. Soft and fruity on the palate with a finish of liquorice and chocolate. A classic Vintage Port. Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Deep, rich and luscious with herby cassis fruits. Soft and fruity on the palate with a finish of liquorice and chocolate. A classic Vintage Port. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Rich and dark, almost ink purple with aromas of violets. The palate displays layers of concentrated ripe fruit. Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Rich and dark, almost ink purple with aromas of violets. The palate displays layers of concentrated ripe fruit. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Almost black in colour with dark cherry fruit, quite like sweet plums, with some wet earth and leafy notes. Quite full bodied with good tannins and a ... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    Almost black in colour with dark cherry fruit, quite like sweet plums, with some wet earth and leafy notes. Quite full bodied with good tannins and a ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Northern Portugal
    • Minho
    A fresh and delicious Alvarinho bursting with vibrant, sun-drenched fruit and fresh minerality. Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Northern Portugal
    • Minho
    A fresh and delicious Alvarinho bursting with vibrant, sun-drenched fruit and fresh minerality. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    An excellent and complex 10-Year-Old Tawny with aromas of spices followed by elegant notes of honey, wood and dried fruit. Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    An excellent and complex 10-Year-Old Tawny with aromas of spices followed by elegant notes of honey, wood and dried fruit. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    An excellent and complex 10-Year-Old Tawny (Half bottle) with aromas of spices followed by elegant notes of honey, wood and dried fruit. Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    An excellent and complex 10-Year-Old Tawny (Half bottle) with aromas of spices followed by elegant notes of honey, wood and dried fruit. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    This characteristic Kopke displays aromas of wild red berries with notes of black pepper, eucalyptus and violet. All the aromas are well balanced and ... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    This characteristic Kopke displays aromas of wild red berries with notes of black pepper, eucalyptus and violet. All the aromas are well balanced and ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    An exquisite 1998 Colheita with aromas of dried fruit on the nose, yet fresh notes of red fruit and cherries dominating the palate. Elegant and comple... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    An exquisite 1998 Colheita with aromas of dried fruit on the nose, yet fresh notes of red fruit and cherries dominating the palate. Elegant and comple... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    Rich yet surprisingly mellow. This 20-year-old tawny from the oldest Port house shows complex aromas of raisin, vanilla and a quite pronounced oak inf... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    Rich yet surprisingly mellow. This 20-year-old tawny from the oldest Port house shows complex aromas of raisin, vanilla and a quite pronounced oak inf... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    This wonderful 30-year-old tawny from Kopke has an attractive nose of dried fruits and soft vanilla spice. Smooth on the palate with caramel and peanu... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    This wonderful 30-year-old tawny from Kopke has an attractive nose of dried fruits and soft vanilla spice. Smooth on the palate with caramel and peanu... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    An exquisite 40 year old tawny from the oldest Port house. Leather, vanilla, spice and apricot on the nose are joined by mocha and some citrus hints o... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
    An exquisite 40 year old tawny from the oldest Port house. Leather, vanilla, spice and apricot on the nose are joined by mocha and some citrus hints o... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Douro
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Port
    Ripe and rich berry fruits and coffee aromas. Medium to full body with sweet tannins and a long finish. Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Port
    Ripe and rich berry fruits and coffee aromas. Medium to full body with sweet tannins and a long finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Port
    Deep crimson. Thick, sweet and concentrated. Round, full and unctuous with lots of macerated prunes and confidence. Lively and dense with real richnes... Read More
    • Origin
    • Portugal
    • Port
    Deep crimson. Thick, sweet and concentrated. Round, full and unctuous with lots of macerated prunes and confidence. Lively and dense with real richnes... Read More
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Styles of Wine

Port has a plethora of styles and an essay could be written on each and every one of them. It can be ruby, tawny, crusted, white, a late-bottled-vintage or, the ultimate accolade, vintage. All share the fact that fermentation is stopped unnaturally by the addition of brandy (one part to every four-and-a-half of wine) and they therefore retain an element of sweetness.

Time is spent in wooden casks and the nature of this will largely determine the style. The grapes for Port are grown in the Douro, where dry red and white wines are also produced. The reds have achieved the greatest results,often being dark, rich and approachable. The Vinho Verde region also produces red and white wines, but it is the whites from this district that are internationally known. They should be drunk young, when still fresh and retaining the slightest of sparkles.

Key Vines

Something in the order of 80 grape varieties are permitted in Port, and the Douro has around 100 vines that continue to thrive.  Aside from plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, these are almost exclusively indigenous.  Tarrango, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Francesca are all red grapes, whilst Malvasia and Viosinho can be found in white port.  Vinho Verde can also draw on many different vines and, when white, Loureiro, Trajadura and Alvarinho are frequently used.

Climate and Conditions

The Vinho Verde district has a great deal of rainfall and the productive vines are often raised on trellises to combat the dampness. It is this moisture that gives the wines their freshness. The Douro is very different, being hot and dry and apt to produce intensity and the potential for ageing in the grapes that it grows.

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