Quinta da Boeira

All of our wines received the quality certification of Port and Douro Wines Institute and have as well been awarded Gold medals in several international competitions. Our facilities have received THE BEST WINE TOURISM award for two consecutive years, 2015 and 2016, which is voted by several European cities.

THE DOURO REGION AND PORT WINE

13th century - In this century, the city of Porto was the main distribution point of the wines produced in the Douro for the international markets. It is in this century that the history of the Douro (place of production) and the history of the city of Porto (place of distribution) were united forever!

14th century - During the reign of King D. Fernando, in the 14th century, the main income of the State came from the taxes on exports and, at that time, wines become a source of wealth gaining economic significance.

15th century - The maritime expeditions began during the reign of King D. Manuel I (1469-1521). If not all, many of the vessels which departed looking for new worlds had Douro wines in their holds which became partners of the successful sea routes. During this period, wine consumption increased significantly, leading the king to order the destruction of several fishing channels in order to facilitate the navigation between Douro and Porto.

1756 - It is in this year that Marquês de Pombal delimits the Douro Region with 335 landmarks across 250,000 hectares and it became the world's oldest demarcated and regulated wine region.

In 2001, UNESCO classified the Douro Demarcated Region as World Heritage Site for its human, cultural and landscape richness.

The terrace cultivation, the climate, the soil, the traditions and the people, as unique characteristics of the Region, make the Douro / Porto wines unparalleled in terms of colour, body and taste, resulting in natural quality.

PORT WINE

The Port wines of Quinta da Boeira have the knight seal on the neck of the bottle leaving no doubts to the consumer of its origin, Douro Demarcated Region, thus avoiding the confusion of the consumer regarding liqueur wines produced in several countries with the indication PORT in the labels.

Characteristics

Port Wine is a wine produced in the Douro Demarcated Region under unique conditions due to natural factors and human factors. The production process, based in the tradition, includes stopping the fermentation of the must by adding grape brandy (fortification), making up lots of wine and ageing the wine in chestnut or oak wood.

Port Wine differentiates itself from ordinary wines for its specific characteristics: an enormous diversity of types which are surprising in terms of unparalleled richness and intensity of aromas, persistence of flavour, alcohol content usually ranging from 19 and 20% vol., a wide range of natural sweetness and wide diversity of colours.

Port Wines are classified according to ageing.

Port Wines are divided in two categories: standard category and special categories and these, subsequently, are sub-divided in several qualities as follows:

STANDARD CATEGORY WITH MORE A LESS 3 YEARS OF AGE

RUBY

For these wines there is an attempt to stop the evolution of their red colour, more or less intense, and keep the fruity aroma and stamina of young wines. In this type of wines, according to the ageing time, we highlight the following characteristics:

Ruby (3 to 5 years)

Ruby Reserve (5 to 7 years)

Late Bottled Vintage - LBV (4 to 6 years)

The wines of the best categories, mainly the Vintage, and, to a lesser extent, the LBV, can be stored as they age well when bottled.

TAWNY

Obtained by making up lots of wine of variable maturation grade promoted by the ageing in casks or vats. These are wines in which the colour presents an evolution and should be fitted in the sub-classes of golden red, golden or light golden. The aromas recall of dry fruits and wood. In this style of wines, according to the ageing time, the following categories exist:

Tawny (3 to 5 years)

Tawny Reserve (5 to 7 years)

Tawny with Age Indication (10 years, 20 years, 30 years and 40 years) and Harvest. They are wines of batches of different years, except for the Harvest which are from a single year.

Harvest Tawnies - from one harvest / year, aged in casks for a minimum period of seven years.

It is recommended to consume Tawny wines with indication of Age and Harvest after being bottled in the period of two years.

Port Wine, as a natural product, with age is subject to create sediment in the bottle; therefore, it is suggested to keep the bottle upright during 24 hours and then proceed with decanting.

WHITE

White Port Wine presents itself in several styles, namely associated with the ageing periods, more extended or shorter, and different levels of sweetness resulting from how its elaboration is conducted. The traditional wines were joined by the floral and complex aroma wines with a minimum alcohol content of 16-5% (White, Light, Dry Port Wine) capable of satisfying the demand of wines with less alcohol.

White Port Wines can age in wood being marketed as RESERVE and with age.

ROSÉ

A pink colour wine obtained through low intense maceration of red grapes and for which no oxidation phenomena during conservation are promoted. These are wines to be consumed young which have a nice aromatic exuberance with cherry, raspberry and strawberry notes. In the mouth they are soft and pleasant. They should be enjoyed fresh or with ice and can be served in several cocktails.

SPECIAL CATEGORIES FROM 6 TO 40 YEARS, VERY OLD TAWNY, HARVEST AND VINTAGE

These styles represent highly recognised wines, known as "Special Categories":

RUBY RESERVE BETWEEN 6 AND 7 YEARS

RUBY TAWNY BETWEEN 6 AND 7 YEARS

Porto Late Bottled Vintage (LBV)

The Porto Vintage remains two years in vats after the harvest and is sent to IVDP for approval in the Vintage class. After bottling, it can remain for long periods in a wine cellar.

Porto (Vintage) Single Quinta Vintage is bottled after two years and can be kept in bottle for long years.

Porto Tawny 10 years AGED IN CASKS

Porto Tawny 20 years

Porto Tawny 30 years

Porto Tawny 40 years

Porto Harvest aged in casks, with the harvest year, bottled throughout the years, from the 6th year of harvest.