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Portuguese Wine

The production of Portuguese wines has a very long history, the trade with its biggest export market, England, having begun in the 12th. century. The development of the fortified wine known as Port began in the early18th century and although only accounting for 6% of total wine production in Portugal it has undoubtedly become its most well-known export. The name comes from Oporto (literal translation “the port”) the shipping centre located at the mouth of the River Douro along which the barrels of wine were transported from the terraced vineyards high above the Douro Valley prior to undergoing maturation and export. The Touriga Nacional grape variety is pre-eminent but many other, perhaps less highly-regarded, grape varieties add to the complexity of fine Port. The Douro became the world's first demarcated wine region in 1756*, complete with precisely defined borders, legislation and control, and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. But this is not the only fortified wine for which Portugal is famous, its island in the Atlantic, Madeira, also produces highly-prized wines of great quality.

traditional hand harvesting grapes in the DouroPortugal is a country that is ideal for making a wide range of wine styles – red, white, sparkling as well as the formerly ubiquitous and rather bland commercial rosé wines of the past. Wine regions such as Vinho Verde, Alentejo, Dão and Bairrada may not be household names but are nevertheless producing very good quality wines in a modern style with an individual character which are increasingly finding appreciative export markets. Portugal has a long Atlantic coastline, high mountain ranges and steep valleys as well as a diverse geology providing a range of soil types from granite, schist and slate, which is predominant in the northern part of the country and the interior as well as outcrops in the south, to a mix of limestone, sand and clays nearer the coastal regions. A good climate with sufficient rainfall allied to a large number of native grape varieties provided the raw materials for the new breed of winemakers to exploit following Portugal's democratisation and accession to the European Union.

The Cardinal's Cellar currently offers a range of fine vintage Port from the most prestigious houses and estates with some exceptionally good vintages including the sensational 1963 vintage.

* The wine producing regions of Chianti (1716) and Tokay (1737) were defined earlier, however, neither fulfilled the criteria of geographically prescribed limits nor the apparatus of legislative enforcement.

  1. Moscatel de Setúbal, Jose Maria da Fonseca, 1900

    Moscatel de Setúbal, Jose Maria da Fonseca, 1900

    Moscatel de Setúbal is one of the world's great fortified sweet wines produced by Jose Maria da Fonseca from the Moscatel grape variety which is closely related to the better known Muscat grape of France.

    Details
    Colour White Wine
    Grape Variety Moscatel
    Country Portugal

    £299.99

    Out of stock

  2. Niepoort, Vintage Port, 1970

    Niepoort, Vintage Port, 1970

    Niepoort Vintage Port 1970 is the sort of bottle that really makes an evening complete. It is an incredibly dark and dense vintage port with complexity and real elegance. Still dense in colour although showing yellow at the rim it is a very well-balanced vintage port with fat fruit and great concentration on the palate accompanying rich and sweet cherries, dried fruits, figs and raisins which dominate the nose along with hints of coffee and black tea.

    Details
    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

    £10.00

    Out of stock

  3. Quinta do Noval, Vintage Port, 2000

    Quinta do Noval, Vintage Port, 2000

    A vintage Port with great depth and opacity with a licorice edge to the fruit profile. Tannins still very much in evidence, this was one of the best Port wines of the vintage .

    Details
    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

    Out of stock

  4. Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port, 1985

    Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port, 1985

    Smith Woodhouse's 1985 vintage port is beautifull mature, light ruby-cloured, full-bodied port with a fragrant nose of back cherries, prunes, raisins and dried figs.

    Details
    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

    Out of stock

  5. Taylor Fladgate, Quinta de Vargellas, Vintage Port, 2005

    Taylor Fladgate, Quinta de Vargellas, Vintage Port, 2005

    Single quinta Port combining elegance, richness and sweetness. Enjoy until 2030.

    Details
    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

    Out of stock

  6. Taylor Fladgate, Vintage Port, 2007

    Taylor Fladgate, Vintage Port, 2007

    Taylor Fladgate with its 2007 has proved once again why it is the exemplar of every vintage port declaration in Oporto. This vintage is wonderfully concentrated, complex, opulent and elegant with a mouth-filling, intense feel to it. Possessing a fantastic nose of spice, incense and blackberry alongside its floral notes, this wine is layered with great grip and will easily age for 25 to 50 years.

    Details
    Colour Port
    Grape Variety Port Blend
    Country Portugal

    Out of stock

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