Portugal's Douro valley: Port vineyard Quinta do Crasto takes on the brands

on 23/08/10 at 4:56 pm


Major changes are afoot in the tradition-encrusted world of port  -  a name that, unlike sherry, has been fiercely protected against all foreign imitations since 1756.

Under recent legislation, local quintas, or vineyards, in the Douro have been allowed to compete with centuries-old British-created brands like Taylor’s and Croft’s. The region has also begun producing excellent table wines along with the ‘fortified’ (ie mixed with brandy) after-dinner kind.

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