2018: A year of top wine news

30 Nov 2018 in  Wine
The wine launching that we held this month in Lisbon was very special, as we used the celebration of the centenary of Poças for the launch of top quality DOC Douro wines.
Branco da Ribeira 2017 (you can read here the review by Mark Squires, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate), our new top-of-the-range, presents itself with volume and very high acidity, reflecting the place where it comes from, a plot of the Quinta Vale de Cavalos, in Numão, in the Upper Douro, at 520 meters of altitude, from granite soils which are uncommon in the Douro.
Símbolo 2015 is the top-of-the-range red of our centenary, in its second edition. Produced from grapes harvested at Quinta de Santa Bárbara in Upper Corgo, the new Símbolo reflects the wine year of 2015, with full maturation earlier than in 2014, providing a powerful wine that already has a full aromatic expression. A toast from nature to the 100 years of Poças, as our winemaker Jorge Pintão puts it: “Símbolo 2015 is very complete and is already very pleasant to be tasted”.
During this wine presentation, the following wines were also tasted:
  • Poças Red Reserva 2016
  • Poças 10 Years Old White
  • Poças LBV 2013
  • Poças Colheita 2008
And, of course, our Very Old Tawny Port, Poças 1918, about which you can read here.

Credits: Jferrand

Learn about our Quinta das Quartas

Sep 15, 2018

Quinta das Quartas is the Poças winemaking centre. Planted with more than 2.5 ha of vines, this quinta is noted for its immense wine lodge where the firm’s Port Wine is aged. Up 25,000 hectolitres of wines are stored in wooden casks ranging in size from 267-Litre hogsheads to 88,000-Litre vats. Since 1996 the wines from all of Poças’ quintas have been made at this modern winery – a total of 1.1 million Litres of wine. The property also boasts a small museum where one can see the original granite treading tanks dating from 1873.

Manoel Poças Júnior was particularly fond of his first wine estate in the Douro. He visited the quinta almost every week, walking the last 700 metres on foot over rocky paths. Sadly his dream of one day being able to drive right up to the property never came true as the present road was only built much later.

Créditos: Jferrand

New Vintage Releases and Awards

Nov 23, 2018

The year of our centenary, 2018, has been a remarkable year for us. A year of many news, some of them very special, and full of awards and distinctions for our wines:

Símbolo 2015

The 2015 edition of our top-of-the-range red Símbolo, which has recently been awarded 94+ points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and 94 points from Wine Enthusiast and 92 points by Wine Spectator.

Poças Reserva Red 2016

The 2016 edition of a classic, Poças Reserva Red 2016, received 92 points from Wine Enthusiast and 92 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

Poças Porto Vintage 2016

From a year declared as Vintage, the newly launched Poças Porto Vintage 2016 received 96 points from Wine Enthusiast, 93 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 93 points from Wine Spectator and 17.5 points (out of 20) from the magazine Grandes Escolhas.

Poças Colheita 2008

The most recent Poças Colheita (2008) to hit the market earned 92 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and 91 points from Wine Enthusiast.

Coroa d’Ouro and Vale de Cavalos

Also new on the market are the new harvests of Coroa d’Ouro White 2017 and Coroa d’Ouro Red 2016 (15.5 points from Grandes Escolhas) and Vale de Cavalos White 2017 and Vale de Cavalos Red 2016 (16 points from Grandes Escolhas).

Other awards:

  • Poças LBV 2013: 90 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
  • Poças Porto Colheita 1995: 16.5 points from Grandes Escolhas

Learn about our Quinta de Santa Bárbara

Oct 17, 2018

This quinta, planted with approximately 33 ha of vines and a lovely walled orange grove, produces some of Poças’ finest Vintages and LBV Ports under the Quinta de Santa Bárbara label. The name of the property comes from an earlier quinta that boasts a chapel to this saint and an astounding panoramic landscape view of Peso da Régua.

The building of a road that divided the original quinta led to the purchase of the present wine estate in 1999. When it was purchased, only a fourth of the total estate was planted with old vines. The entire property was later planted using the most modern techniques and the finest varietals.

Credits: Jferrand