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Expert’s choice: Tawny Ports

Winter is the ideal excuse – as if one were needed – to remind yourself of just how delicious these cask-aged, fortified treasures of the Douro can be. Sarah Ahmed picks her 18 favourites.

Vintage Port may be king, but colheita Ports [single-vintage aged tawnies] are popular by election,’ says Dirk Niepoort who, by a long chalk, holds the world record for the most expensive Port sold at auction.

In 2019, a bespoke Lalique decanter of Niepoort 1863 fetched more than £100,000 at a Sotheby’s sale in Hong Kong.


Scroll down for Sarah Ahmed’s 18 favourite Tawny Ports


With luxury packaging and positioning, the rise of rare aged colheitas this last decade has added considerable lustre to the tawny Port category – and broadened the scope for anniversary gifting beyond vintage Port. During this period, demand for non-vintage tawnies has surged too.


Sarah Ahmed picks her favourite Tawny Ports


See also

Port 2018: Vintage guide and what to buy

Rare Museum Wines from Portuguese Icons

The fortified wine crossword

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