Poças 1918. Very Old Tawny Port

29 Nov 2018 in  Wine
In the year of our centenary, we launched a Very Old Tawny Port, a symbolic moment that was a celebration and tribute to the region and to the founder of the company, Manoel Domingues Poças Júnior.
The recently launched Poças 1918 arrived at Poças when the company’s founder, Manoel Domingues Poças Júnior, received Quinta das Quartas as payment for a debt. Among the estate received, there was a lot of Port Wines that was kept and is now between 90 and 100 years old.
We are now putting this wine on the market, 100 units only, in a bottle produced by Vista Alegre, inside a wooden box whose design was inspired by the old liqueur of our founder.
Poças 1918 has the fascinating complexity, texture and personality of very old Port wines, says our winemaker Jorge Pintão, also remembering the wine heritage of the region: “They are extraordinary wines that Douro managed to preserve, generation after generation, treasures stored and rarities I had the joy of tasting.” Some of them with brand names, others from anonymous farmers, these very old Port wines “are in our memory and embody intense affections, as with Poças 1918, in my case,” he adds. “It’s like keeping a family jewel,” he concludes.
See below the pictures of our “jewel”.

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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

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

2018: A year of top wine news

Nov 30, 2018
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