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

New launch: Poças Branco da Ribeira 2017

Nov 15, 2018

Our greatest release of the year is the one of the new top-of-the-range Branco da Ribeira 2017, which has been awarded 93 points in its debut from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

Critic Mark Squires describes our new white as follows:

What do you get by trading up here? Well, it has more oak, but the Arinto’s big acidity slices and dices the wood effortlessly. It is very clean. Showing a lot of bite on the finish and that fine acidity, this is precise, elegant and fairly intense. The finish is very long. In a tough year, this seems pretty miraculous. It has some upside potential too. It certainly is not done developing—which is a good and necessary thing to say about a young wine in this price range. It may even age better than anticipated. Overall, it is a pretty stunning debut”.

– Mark Squires, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Credits: Jferrand

Launch of the new Poças wines

Jul 10, 2018

At the end of June, we hosted a lunch in our visitor centre for the launch of our new wines. In addition to showing our news, it was the chance to showcase our new premises!

We presented Branco da Ribeira 2017, our new top-of-the-range white wine. Produced from grapes grown on granitic soil, this wine praises the diversity of the Douro terroir and it is a tribute to the tenacity of the region. The wine will be available next Fall.

It was also the occasion to launch the wines Coroa d’Ouro Branco 2017, Coroa d’Ouro Tinto 2016, Vale de Cavalos Branco 2017, Vale de Cavalos Tinto 2016 and Porto Vintage 2016.

Credits: Jferrand

100th Anniversary dinner gathers customers, friends and producers

Oct 03, 2018
As part of a broad programme of commemorative activities taking place throughout 2018, Poças’ 100th anniversary dinner gathered more than a hundred customers, suppliers and friends of the company, among them several Douro producers, in the former home of Sophia de Mello Breyner’s grandmother, now owned by the University of Porto and home to the city’s botanical garden.
A symbolic choice, intersecting places and experiences and showing that wine sits well between culture and family. In fact, the association between art and the family has been the guiding thread of the cultural programme promoted as a celebration of the centenary, involving artists such as Capitão Fausto, Afonso Reis Cabral, the Theater Company of Bolhão and Bordalo II.
And since celebrating 100 years is also telling stories, this dinner was full of memories of the past, many memories, but without forgetting the challenges of the future.

Credits: Jferrand