WHAT IS A VINTAGE PORT?


De grapes for port grow on the steep terrace slopes along the Douro river.

VINATAGE PORT =

RUBY TYPE PORT,

FROM ONE HARVEST YEAR.

VINATAGE PORT =
RUBY TYPE PORT,
FROM ONE HARVEST YEAR.



‘Normal’ ports are composed of several harvest years. Not vintage therefore. Vintage is the summit in ports and is only made in excellent years.


Vintage port = Ruby type = max. 3 years of aging in a wooden barrel, young in the bottle. Because of the short barrel maturing for port, vintage port keeps its fruity taste for a long time. A vintage slowly matures further in the bottle and develops a range of special aromas. Many vintage ports are only druk after 10 years. You can keep vintage ports for a long time.

Late bottled vintage, LBV, is a vintage that stays in the barrel longer, 4 to 6 years. It ripens faster in the barrel and is therefore drunk sooner than a vintage.

Colheita Port, just like a vintage port, is from one harvest year, but a colheita does mature in wooden barrels for a long period; at least 7 years. Colheita is a port in the tawny style. Colheita means harvest.