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

New poças visitor center born from the restoration of the old warehouses of the company

Sep 15, 2018
Our new visitor center was born from the restoration of the old cellars/warehouses in the headquarters of our company, located in the historical center of Vila Nova de Gaia. The works allowed to extend the tour circuit and created new rooms for events, meetings or lectures, each with its own character, operability and decoration that mixes memory and contemporaneity.The new wine tourism proposal includes the tour that enables visitors to know about our history (and to see how a cooperage workshop looks like), to feel the smell of a Port wine cellar and to learn how wine is produced. In specific moments it will be possible to take part in a dining experience, in a private tasting with the winemaker or in a musical concert.
The visitor center (Rua Visconde das Devesas 168, 4400-Vila Nova de Gaia) is open every day, from 10 am to 8 pm, from May to September, and from 10 am to 5:30 pm from October to April. Entrance is 6.50 euros/person and includes tasting two wines (white Port and red reserve). Additionally, it is possible to sample a wide range of Port wines and DOC Douro wines.
Guided tours are available in five languages (Spanish, French, English, Italian and Portuguese).
The restoration project was signed by architects Lúcia Vaz Pato (tasting room) and António Mota (barrel room and private tasting room).

Créditos: Jferrand

Learn about our Quinta de Vale de cavalos

Nov 21, 2018

Located in Numão, a prime winemaking region, all the vineyards are planted with the finest varieties of vines. Quinta de Vale de Cavalos was purchased in 1988 and boasts approximately 51 hectares of land under vines, divided in three lots: Ribeira Teja, Catapereiro, Tanque and Zoc.

The rolling land requires no supporting walls, which makes working the vineyards that much easier. Ribeira Teja’s proximity to a reservoir created by a recently-built dam, together with a sophisticated drip irrigation system, are essential to overcoming the effects of the frequent droughts the region that suffers from the lowest annual rainfall in Portugal.

Credits: 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