Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Leading Douro producers release their wines together
The enchanting landscape of the Douro Valley – one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world – sets the scene for a spectacular tasting. The twenty-six leading Douro producers are all planning to bring their new wines (2018 whites, 2017 reds & vintage Ports) together to a joint preview tasting just before release. The event is called Douro Primeira Prova; it is open exclusively to wine professionals, and will take place from 3–5 June 2019 at Museu do Douro in Peso da Régua. For those who have never visited the valley, Douro Primeira Prova offers the perfect excuse to go there.
"The scenery is spectacular. As far as the eye can see, the mountainous terrain is covered with contour-line-like terraces. The scale is impressive, too. There’s just so much of it. I don’t think I’m exaggerating too much when I say that the Douro is one of the wonders of the world." - Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com | Photo © Quinta de la Rosa
The Douro Primeira Prova will showcase twenty-six wine estates and their most recent vintages. Some 150 wines can be tasted and evaluated in the format of a ‘silent tasting’. Fifty tasting places will be available over the course of three days in a total of six slots, each day from 9.00–12.00 & 13.00–16.00.
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“The producers are driving both whites and reds to new heights in Portugal’s most dramatic wine region” - Justin Keay, harpers.co.uk | Photo © Quinta do Noval
Wines from a UNESCO World Heritage Site
There are many reasons the Douro Valley is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: its landscape offers an exceptional example of humanity’s unique relationship with nature and the environment. This alliance has produced a cultural landscape of outstanding beauty. As Katie Kelly Bell of Decanter explains: Demarcated in 1756, the Douro is one of the world’s oldest wine regions and is a World Heritage Site because of the human influence on its development. More than 2,000 years of winemaking have shaped it into a terraced, vine-covered, wine-producing destination. The highly acidic terroir is unforgiving schist, which winemakers have physically cracked and crushed to accommodate vines. Steep mountain contours require heavy terracing and water management; some vines have roots that run to 20m deep. Growing grapes here requires rare fortitude.
With its 43,000 hectares under vines, the picturesque Douro Valley is the largest area of mountain vineyard in the world, but is also the only winegrowing region of any size where all grapes are hand-harvested. Only a few years ago, the Douro Valley was hardly known as a wineproducing region. Thanks to high marks from international wine critics, the appreciation of sommeliers all over the world and the consistent hard work of the winegrowers, this has changed completely within only two decades.
“So many of the country's finest table wines are made in the Douro that this, if you like, is the Bordeaux of Portugal.” – Jancis Robinson MW | Photo © Duorum
The first joint-release tasting in the Douro Valley – hurry to book your seat!
The leading wine estates of Portugal’s Douro Valley have been working together for more than ten years as ‘The New Douro’, organising events together worldwide. From 2019 on, they will host the Douro Primeira Prova together, an exclusive tasting event for wine professionals only. It will showcase their most recent vintages, such as the 2018 white, rosé & sparkling wines, 2017 reds & vintage Ports. In total, some 150 wines can be tasted and evaluated in the format of a ‘silent tasting’. The event will take place at the Museu do Douro in Peso da Régua (approx 100 km east of Porto) from 3–5 June 2019 and wines will be presented by the growers. Tasting seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Please indicate your name, company, e-mail address, mobile phone number and desired day(s) and time slot(s).
Make sure you book your accommodation as soon as possible – the Douro is an extremely popular travel destination in early summer! Find accommodation options here.
The Douro Primeira Prova will take place at the Museu do Douro in Peso da Régua, which is located approximately 100 km east of Porto. | Map © Google Maps
The New Douro Wineries:
Casa Ferreirinha (Sogrape Vinhos) / Duas Quintas (Ramos Pinto) / Duorum Vinhos/ Lavradores de Feitoria / Poeira / Niepoort / Nova Quinta do Sagrado / Poças / Quinta da Boavista + Quinta das Tecedeiras / Quinta da Gaivosa (Alves de Sousa) / Quinta de São José / Quinta de la Rosa / Quinta do Crasto + Roquette&Cazes / Quinta do Noval / Quinta do Pessegueiro / Quinta da Romaneira / Quinta do Vallado / Quinta dos Murças/ Quinta Nova / Quinta Vale D. Maria / Quinta do Vale Meão / Real Companhia Velha / Symington /Prats & Symington / Vertice / Wine&Soul
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The Douro Primeira Prova will be showcasing 26 wineries and their most recent vintages. 150 wines can be tasted and scored in the form of a ’silent tasting‘ in slots from 9-12 and from 13-16 hrs. each day.
Tel.: +43 1 369 79 900
Douro Primeira Prova Venue
Museu do Douro
Rua Marquês de Pombal
5050-282 Peso da Régua, Portugal
In order to tell the tale of ‘The New Douro’, one must first cast a glance back at the history of ‘The Old Douro’. Port has been produced there for more than 300 years, but the production of still wines first picked up momentum after the end of the Second World War. The winegrowers’ group ‘The New Douro’ came to life in 2004, thanks to Paul Symington, Dirk Niepoort and Cristiano van Zeller, with the goal of promoting still wines from the Douro Valley. This was seen as a paradigm-shift at a time when a new generation of young growers took the helm from their elders, and recognised in one another the opportunity for creating and developing synergy (rather than indulging in rivalry), in order to achieve a common goal – making first-rate still wines in the Douro! Thus, with ‘The New Douro’, a new era began in the long and storied history of the region’s wine trade.