Vintage Port

Vintage Port

2008 vintage guide for Vintage Port

2008 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions After a dry winter, double rations of rain drenched the Douro throughout April. The damp, stormy weather encouraged mildew, while low May temperatures delayed flowering. Fruit set was…

2007 vintage guide for Vintage Port

2007 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions Apart from a dry January, winter was wet and the water table amply replenished for the season ahead. There were few early spring frosts and bud-burst came early,…

2006 vintage guide for Vintage Port

2006 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions Heavy winter rains replenished the drought-exhausted water table, while bud-burst began early April (later than usual). Good weather followed and flowering took place during the hottest May in…

2005 vintage guide for Vintage Port

2005 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions With only 6 millimetres of rain in June and none at all in July and August, the vines were showing signs of severe stress at the end of…

2004 vintage guide for Vintage Port

2004 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions The growing season was extraordinary with wet weather at the end of 2003 and an incredibly dry start to 2004. At Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim just 147mm of…

2003 vintage guide for Vintage Port

2003 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions The Douro Valley is not averse to a blast of heat and in 2003 this was balanced by plenty of rain which fell at just the right time.…

2002 vintage guide for Vintage Port

2002 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions After high hopes at the outset, 2002 proved to be something of a damp squib. The winter was dry and there was very little rain during the summer,…

2001 vintage guide for Vintage Port

2001 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions After one of the wettest winters since records began, mild, humid conditions led to an early bud-burst in March. From April onwards the weather cleared and only 110…

2000 vintage guide for Vintage Port

2000 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions After pleasantly wet weather during and following the 1999 harvest, the winter was cold and dry. Budburst occurred during this abnormally dry period and potential yields were reduced.…

1998 vintage guide for Vintage Port

1998 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions A cool, wet spring and early summer slashed yields and induced mildew and oidium in many vineyards. After a period of unrelenting heat in high summer, a minute…

1997 vintage guide for Vintage Port

1997 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions An uneven year in that an abnormally warm, dry spring led to an early burst of growth and then gave way to cool, wet weather in June and…

1996 vintage guide for Vintage Port

1996 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions The prolonged drought that had become quite desperate in parts of southern Portugal broke spectacularly in the winter of 1995/96. The winter deluge gave way to a mild…

1995 vintage guide for Vintage Port

1995 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions After a generally cool spring and early summer, August provided four weeks of unrelenting heat. In the Douro Superior (which is always the hottest and driest of the…

1994 vintage guide for Vintage Port

1994 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions A wet winter brought an end to three years of drought and when the sun began to shine in March-April the vines began to sprout in all directions.…

1992 vintage guide for Vintage Port

1992 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions The winter was unseasonably dry throughout Portugal and the drought continued through until June when a few days of rain proved to be very beneficial. Fortunately the flowering…

1991 vintage guide for Vintage Port

1991 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions Growing conditions were good: a wet winter was followed by a dry, settled spring and early summer when flowering took place under ideal conditions. High summer was hot…

1987 vintage guide for Vintage Port

1987 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions After a successful flowering, the prospects were for a large crop but exceptionally hot dry weather from mid-June intervened. By early September the grapes were looking distinctly small…

1985 vintage guide for Vintage Port

1985 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions A textbook growing season: a wet winter was followed by a cool spring and from June onwards the weather was magnificent. The grapes were gathered under perfect conditions…

1983 vintage guide for Vintage Port

1983 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions The year began badly with a long, cold winter extending into spring. Snow fell on the Serra do Marao to the west of the Douro as late as…

1982 vintage guide for Vintage Port

1982 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions After a dry winter and warm spring June and July were abnormally cool with high cloud and hazy conditions with some showers. Consequently the vines were well able…