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Dow Port

Though a part of the Symington empire, as Silva & Cosens, the Dow port brand has a very distinct profile. There is a weight and dimension to the top years that, combined with an elegance and poise, puts them among the best, as recently seen in 1994, 97, 2000, 03 and 07. The latter is […]

Quinta do Vesuvio Port

This estate of 400-odd ha spread over seven hills was one of the grand properties of the 19th century. In 1989 it was bought by the Symington family and turned into one of the new breed of true (château-like) quintas. The wine from the expanding vineyard (currently 100 ha of vines) is made and matured […]

Quinta do Infantado Port

The Roseira family have been making their own wines since 1978 from 45 ha of vineyards on a small northern tributary of the Douro downstream from Pinhão. João Roseira works with the talented Luís Soares Duarte and all the wines, even a Ruby, are made in lagares and are richly extracted. The incremental addition of […]

Quinta das Heredias Port

This emerging port house has already produced some very fine ports despite being only recently established. Mauricette Mordant, who helped found Champagne house Vranken, bought the historic monastery of Quinta do Convento (San Pedro das Aguias) on the Rio Távora outright from Vranken in 1996. It also includes the quintas of Espinhos and Calcado as […]

Croft Port

What later became known as Croft had its beginnings in 1678 and its leading quinta, Quinta da Roêda, has provided the backbone of all its best Vintage Ports in the 20th century. Prior to the 1990s it is necessary to go back to 1977, 70, 66, 63, 60 or 55 for a really great Croft […]

Cockburns Port

Established in 1815, Cockburn is one of the best-known port names. Much of its recent popularity is down to the success of the simple, sweet Special Reserve, a Vintage Character port. Quinta do Tua and, since 1989, Quinta dos Canais are two excellent quintas that form part of a substantial vineyard resource. The Vintage Port, […]

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