Tag Archives: Douro

• 50 Great Portuguese Wines

50 Great Portuguese Wines

The Douro has come out on top in Julia Harding MW’s “50 Great Portuguese Wines” unveiled today. The list of 50 wines that Harding has spent the last year tasting features 27 reds, 18 whites, one sparkling and four fortified wines. Douro wines led the way with 14 wines, with Dão and Alentejo also featuring prominently. Harding, […]

• Can vintage port appeal to a new generation?

Can vintage port appeal to a new generation?

Vintage port is steeped in tradition and mysterious rituals. The exuberant young Portuguese woman in front of me is, er – how best to put this? – shaking her booty vigorously, urging me to join her and her companions in a dancing conga line, the music is loud and the yelps and shouts of the […]

• Port quota sparks violence in Douro

Port quota sparks violence in Douro

Police were forced to intervene and the president of the IDVP was dismissed after demonstrators attacked the Regua offices of the Port Wine Institute last week. Following Wednesday’s attack on the IDVP’s offices, which saw windows smashed, the Portuguese government intervened on Friday by suspending its president, Luciano Vilhena Pereira, hastening his planned departure this […]

• Europe set for earliest grape harvest in 200 years

Europe set for earliest grape harvest in 200 years

Harvests in many of Europe’s main wine regions are set to start at one of the earliest times in nearly 200 years. A warm, dry spring and summer have contributed to an incredibly advanced growing season, a full three weeks in advance of what it would normally be in some areas. This spring was reportedly […]

• Fury as Portuguese government diverts millions from Douro

Fury as Portuguese government diverts millions from Douro

Funds worth as much as €8 million held by the Port and Douro Wines Institute (IVDP) have been transferred to the Portuguese government, according to Paul Symington, chairman of Symington Family Estates. Speaking to the drinks business, Symington (left) said: “Just over eight weeks ago, as a direct result of the financial crisis, the government […]

• Global demand for Port down, innovation provides optimism

With global demand for Port down, coupled with below-cost selling and an extension of the Douro’s area under vine, many producers are experiencing pain. But category innovation provides cause for optimism.