Port and the Douro

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by Richard Mayson



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ISBN-13: 9781840009439
Publisher: Octopus Books
Publication date: 03/15/2004
Series: Classic Wine Library
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.87(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Richard Mayson entered the UK wine trade in 1984 and spent five years working for the Wine Society. His first book, the award-winning Portugal's Wines and Wine-Makers, was published in 1992. Port and the Douro, published in 1999, was shortlisted for the André Simon Award and the second edition, published in 2004, won the Symington Award of Excellence. In 2003 The Wines and Vineyards of Portugal won the André Simon Award for Drinks Book of the Year. In 2014 Richard was Louis Roederer International Wine Feature Writer of the Year and in 2015 Madeira: The islands and their wines was shortlisted for the André Simon Award. Richard chairs the Port and Madeira panel for the Decanter World Wine Awards and lectures to students at Leith's School of Food and Wine in London. In 1999 he became a Cavaleiro of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Preface to the fourth edition xiii

1. Port and the Douro, up to date 1

2. Vineyards, vines and quintas 69

3. Making Port: Tradition and technology 153

4. Port types 175

5. Vintage Port 201

6. Port producers and shippers 267

7. Douro wines 321

8. Directions in Oporto and the Douro 345

9. Postscript 357

Glossary of Portuguese and technical terms 361

Appendix I: Institutions regulating and promoting Port

and Douro wines 369

Appendix II: Port benefício and production of Port and

Douro wine 2001–2017 373

Appendix III: Port grape varieties 375

Appendix IV: Global sales of Port wine 384

Bibliography 387

Index 391


Map 1. The north of Portugal and the Douro 71

Map 2. The Douro, showing prominent quintas 120

Map 3. The location of Port lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia 352


Fig. 1. Contrasting systems of cultivation in Douro vineyards 82

Fig. 2. Autovinification 161


Terraces, Cima Corgo xiv

Noble house, Vilariça 18

Verandah, Quinta do Bomfim 41

‘Bombs house’, São João de Pesqueira 65

Octogenarian vine 88

Harvester’s kitchen, Quinta do Bomfim 116

Granite chapel, São Salvador do Mundo 118

Senhora da Ribeira. ‘John Major had lunch here’ 141

Cestos, old and new 155

Macacos: ‘monkey sticks’ 158

Basket press 172

Balões … ‘ginas’, ‘mamas’, ‘Lollobrigidas’ 176

Tasting room with a view 183

Bacalhau 305

Barco rabelo 348

One of the world’s great train journeys 350

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Port and the Douro 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RobertP on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the first wine book I've read. It was quite informative, adequately written, and filled with useful hints to guide my guzzling. Worth a read - if you like port.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This volume, revised and updated ,encompasses the history, geology, vitaculture, and producers of Portugals great wines. I found it quite informative, but just as important, enjoyable . For the Port novice, or enthusiast, this is for you.