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Douro Wine

The Douro region of northern Portugal is the home of Port. It takes its name from the Douro river, which flows east to west from the Spanish border to Oporto, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. Though Douro is best known for its fortified wines, total production here is fairly evenly split between port and table (non-fortified) wines.

The area divides into three sub-regions, each expressing different aspects of Douro’s hot continental climate. Starting at the Spanish border is the arid Douro Superior. This emerging sub-region is covered in terraced vineyards and takes up about 20% of available vineyard land in Douro.

Douro Vineyards and River

Near the town of Pinhao is Cima Corgo (Upper Corgo), where most high-end vintage port originates. Cima Corgo is the largest of the Douro's three sub-regions, and accounts for almost half of the valley's total wine production. The steep vineyards of Cima Corgo are predominantly composed of schist with sizable granite deposits. Vines nearer the river tend to ripen much earlier than those at higher elevations, meaning that the harvest is often completed in multiple sweeps of the same vineyard.

Baixo Corgo (Lower Corgo) is the most westerly of the sub-regions and is best suited to the production of table wines. The area is cooler and wetter than its neighbors, but also more accessible, meaning that more bulk-wine operations are possible.

Port wine can be made from more than 80 different grape varieties, but in practice the vineyards are dominated by five key varieties; Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cao and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo). Of these, aromatic Touriga Nacional is the most highly regarded, and Touriga Franca the most widely planted. Vineyards tend to be an eclectic cross-section of port grape varieties, often with more than 20 present within a single vineyard.

Douro table wines are typically made from the same grape varieties as their esteemed port cousins, but a number of international varieties have also found a home in the valley. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer are among the more common non-native grapes planted here.

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We found 1,076 wines produced in this region and all sub-regions, only the first 500 will be shown.
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Grape 
Popularity
Sogrape Vinhos Casa Ferreirinha Barca Velha, Douro, Portugal Tinta Roriz - Tinto Cao - Touriga $470 306
Quinta do Vale Meao, Douro, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend $80 1029
Quinta do Crasto 'Crasto', Douro, Portugal N/A $15 1334
Quinta do Crasto Vinas Velhas - Old Vines Reserva, Douro, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend $35 1529
Quinta do Vale Meao 'Meandro' Tinto, Douro, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend $23 1627
CARM Casa Agricola Roboredo Madeira Reserva, Douro, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend $17 1768
Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas, Douro, Portugal Tinta Roriz (Aragonez) - Touriga $15 1778
Quinta do Vallado Reserva, Douro, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend $46 1851
P+S Prats & Symington Chryseia, Douro, Portugal Touriga Franca - Touriga Nacional $54 2047
Quinta do Vallado Tinto, Douro, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend $18 2055
Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional, Douro, Portugal Touriga Nacional $42 3109
Niepoort Batuta Tinto, Douro, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend $78 3385
Symington Family Estates Altano, Douro, Portugal N/A $10 3597
Quinta do Vale Dona Maria Tinto, Douro, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend $47 4595
Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa, Douro, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend $188 4797
P+S Prats & Symington Post Scriptum de Chryseia, Douro, Portugal Tinta Barroca - Tinta Roriz - Touriga $23 5380
Quinta de la Rosa Poeira, Douro, Portugal N/A $42 5513
Niepoort Fabelhaft, Douro, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend $13 5547
Sogrape Vinhos Callabriga Douro, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend $17 5874
Niepoort Charme Tinto, Douro, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend $82 6114
Quinta do Passadouro, Douro, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend $30 6540
Sa de Baixo Palestra Tinto, Douro, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend $8 6645
Sogrape Vinhos Casa Ferreirinha Quinta da Leda, Douro, Portugal Tinta Roriz (Aragonez) - Touriga $46 6856
Sogrape Vinhos Vila Regia Tinto, Douro, Portugal N/A $8 6891
Quinta do Noval Cedro do Noval, Vinho Regional Duriense, Portugal Portuguese Red Blend $20 7180
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