The difference between Vintage Port and LBV
September 2015, Douro Valley, Portugal, Quevedo winery, 15 participants shared some very good Ports from different producers from different Vintages. The theme of the tasting was to check out how will Vintage Port wine develop in comparison to Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) from the same harvest year. Oscar Quevedo summarize in this video the main difference between these two styles of Port wine.
available since June 14, 2016
Niepoort - Quinta de Napoles, Famous Quintas of the Douro #4
Niepoorts wine centre in the Douro region is their famous Quinta de Napoles. We met Dirk Niepoort there and asked him some questions about the terroir, his fantastic winery and the history of this Quinta.
available since February 3, 2016
Taylor´s Quinta de Vargellas - Famous Port Wine Quintas #3
Vargellas is one of the most famous estates in the Douro wine region. For more then 100 years it is the backbone of Taylor´s Vintage Port. The video summarise the most important facts of the vineyards, explained by the chief winemaker David Guimaraens and beautiful views of this extraordinary Quinta.
available since December 6, 2014
Quinta do Vesuvio - Famous Port Wine Quintas #2
Episode # 2 - Quinta do Vesuvio - interview with Dominic Symington
Vesuvio is one of the most stunning vineyards in the whole Douro, with more than 400 hectares, an own chapel and railway station and fantastic Vintage Port wines. Since 1989 the Symington Family producers in all, apart from the poorest, years a top class Vintage Port from this single property.
available since October 7, 2014
Famous Port Wine Quintas of the Douro - #1 Vale Meao
The Quinta do Vale Meao, which is almost for 20 years in the possession of the family Olazabal, is one of the most famous Quintas in the Douro due to several factors. The vineyards in the Douro Superior near the village of Poccinho (now end of the railway line) were applied relatively late in the late 19th century. Transforming the former wasteland into valuable vineyards, must have been a grueling amount of work without modern technology, the work done by 800 workers. Vale Meao (back then written with double -L) was founded by the famous Dona Antonia Adelaide Ferreira and delivered their grapes for Port brand Ferreira. From the 50s from this vineyard produces one of the today's most famous ( and most expensive) Portuguese red wine Barca Velha. Since Francisco ("Vito") with his two children (Francisco "Xito" - winemaker and Luisa - Marketing) took over the estate in the mid nineties , the Barca Velha is obtained from other vineyards. But the top red wine of Xito "Quinta do Vale Meao" is just a high-caliber and was shortly after a few years one of the most sought Douro wines. But the Vintage Ports also show depth, complexity and structure and should be in every wine cellar. That the Olazabals still continue to develop their project, testifies, among other things an imposing, modern building of the winery, which has been realized in recent years. But listen to what the sympathetic, renowned and innovative gentleman of the Douro tells us about his gorgeous life's work.
available since June 5, 2014
Ageing potential of Vintage Port - Masterclass mit Dominic Symington und Graham 1970-2011
It is certain that Vintage Port is one of the longest-lived wines in the world. Even if one can Vintage Port drink young and a few vintage wines have been made in recent years also for early consumption , I am still of the firm belief that a great Vintage Port must age well and the best wineries invest all about for wines who develop over several decades. Dominic Symington, managing director and winemaker at the Symington Family Estates looks very similar to this fact. With six other family members into the 13th generation he heads the largest family- owned Portuguese wine producers, who include the brands of Dow , Warre and Graham. In February 2014 he presented in Leverkusen Graham's Vintage Port from five different decades as part of a Master Class for over 30 journalists, sommeliers and wine merchants.
available since May 20, 2014
Harvest report 2013 by Luisa Borges
Harvest report about Douro wine region for the year 2013 by Luisa Borges, enoligst
from Vieira de Sousa (Soc. Roncao Pequeno). She talks about the weather
conditions, the growing season and of course about the quality of the grapes and
the probability of a appearing of Vintage Port.
available since April 10, 2014
O-Port-unidade is a unique port project by Axel Probst from World of Port. He organised that more than 20 major Port wine producers came together. Each of them delivered at 22nd September 2013 750kg grapes and one VIP from each house went into a lagar to do foot treading personal. The result will be a special Port wine from very good quality who´s benefit after releasing will be donated to the charity organisation of Bagos d`Ouro, who takes care of disadvanteged kids in the Douro region. This official video shows scenes of the making of this Port, short interviews with Dirk Niepoort, Geroge Sandeman and Joao Nicolau de Almeida, and of course the foot treading with Port personalities you have never seen before in a lagar!
available since January 23, 2014