O Vinho do Porto gerou um volume de negócios global de 236 milhões de euros entre Janeiro e Setembro, com as vendas no mercado interno a somaram 35 milhões, informou o Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto (IVDP).
Last week, I blind tasted 60 Ports from the 2011 vintage and was struck by the consistent high quality in the glass. There is no question that this vintage—which has been declared by all major Port producers as well as by many of the single quinta (estate) producers—is a stellar one.
The threat of rain has been constant during this last week. Charles and Henry Shotton have had to review daily the decision regarding the picking order of the various grape varieties. It has been like a game of musical chairs, trying not to get caught out by the weather and ensuring that our grapes are picked in the best possible condition.
The first wine that Dirk Niepoort ever made, back in 1990, was an old-vine blend of local Portuguese varieties, from a vineyard called Quinta do Carril in Portugal's Douro Valley. He called it Robustus. The name was apt: The wine was, as he recalls, "a monster." It was massive and powerfully tannic, almost overbearing in its intensity—but still, he felt, quite good. At the time, almost no one else in the Douro was making table wines. Port ruled the region, as it had since the 1700s. The Niepoort family business, which Dirk's father, Rolf, directed, was port.
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