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Vintage Port Wines

Summer in the Douro
Vasco Riobom

Vintage Port is the most expensive and prestigious member of the Port family. Though accounting for just 1% of total Port production, Vintage Port commands the most attention and speculation from world wine markets. Vintages are only ‘declared’ when the quality of the fruit, the quantity available and market demand meet. It may take up to two years after harvest for a vintage declaration to be made, and even when one Port shipper judges the conditions sufficient for Vintage Port, other shippers may not necessarily agree. This scenario is highly unusual, though, and has only occurred a handful of times in history.

The quality of grapes used in Vintage Port is one of this style's distinguishing factors. The grapes, typically grown in the Cima Corgo sub-region of Douro, are left to achieve full ripeness before they are picked. This is Vintage Port’s first step in what will usually be a long life before consumption. It is often said that no other wine requires as much time in bottle to balance itself as Vintage Port: the minimum bottle-ageing period is considered to be 15 years, with the finest examples capable of vitality well after 50 years.

One of the reasons for this Port’s bottle-ageing requirement is that it spends a relatively short length of time in barrel and is bottled unfiltered. Between two and three years is an average time for vintage Port to remain in oak, meaning that once it is bottled it is still very dense and full of sediment. Decanting Vintage Port prior to serving is considered mandatory, since the sediment can take on crusty characteristics over time.

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We found 168 wines produced in this region.
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Grape 
Popularity
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $119 58
W. & J. Graham's Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $105 75
Dow's Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $99 79
Fonseca Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $110 87
Warre's Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $95 137
Niepoort Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $97 230
Quinta do Noval Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $114 258
Croft Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $84 264
Cockburn's Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $84 306
Sandeman Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $99 324
Kopke Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $58 527
Ferreira Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $82 793
Burmester Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $77 794
Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $67 824
Offley Boa Vista Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $68 840
Barros Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $75 907
Calem Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $70 956
Fonseca Guimaerens Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $75 1006
Real Companhia Velha Royal Oporto Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $52 1041
C. Da Silva Dalva Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $65 1259
Gould Campbell Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $73 1315
Caves Messias Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $80 1364
Delaforce Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $68 1432
Borges Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $107 1471
Wiese & Krohn Vintage Port, Portugal Port Blend Red $198 1655
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