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Douro Primeira Prova

30.06.2019

Any instance of all the leading wine estates of a region joining forces and choosing to make all their new wines available for appraisal would be in itself a rarity. The fact that the producers would choose a museum hall in the middle of a breathtakingly beautiful winegrowing region for the event, invite merchants & critics from all over the world and present them with the opportunity to taste wines at their own pace and according to their own individual selection, is downright sensational. But this just happened in Portugal’s fabled winegrowing region, the Douro Valley.

Fokussiert und konzentriert werden die Weine verkostet.
Tasting the wines, focused & concentrated| Photo © Douro Primeira Prova
Lauren Mowery (Decanter, Wine & Spirits, US) at the dinner party at Quinta do Vallado | Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Lauren Mowery (USA) | Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
Christian Burgos from Brazil (Revista Adega) at the Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Christian Burgos (Brasilien) | Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
Nadia Fournier (L'Actualité) at the Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Nadia Fournier (Kanada)| Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
Noriko Inagaki (Wine Magazine Vinotheque, Japan) at the dinner party at Quinta do Vallado | Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Noriko Inagaki (Japan) bei der Dinner Party auf Quinta do Vallado | Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
Liora Levi (Maison Mat & Vin) from Norway at the Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Liora Levi (Norwegen) | Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
Richard Mayson (B. Kershaw & Co (1920) Ltd., UK) at the dinner party at Quinta do Vallado | Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Richard Mayson (UK) mit Sandra Tavares und Francisco Olazabal | Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
Klára Kollárová at the Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Klára Kollárová (Tschechien)| Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
Stefan Keller (Schweizerische Weinzeitung) at the dinner party at Quinta do Vallado | Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Stefan Keller (Schweiz)| Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
Axel Probst (World of Port, Germany) | Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Axel Probst (Deutschland) | Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
Tom Marthinsen at the Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Tom Marthinsen (Norwegen) | Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
Sarah Ahmed (The Wine Detective, US) | Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Sarah Ahmed (UK) | Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
Jørn G. Broll (left in the front | Mat&Vinette, Norway) & Denis Rudenko (The Daily Winegraph, Russia) | Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Jørn G. Broll (Norwegen), Denis Rudenko (rechts vorne | Russland), Lars Daniëls (links hinten | Niederlande) & Thomas Rydberg (rechts hinten Dänemark) | Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
Carlos Agrellos (on the left) & Christian Seely | both from Quinta do Noval & Quinta da Romaneira | Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Behind the scenes: Carlos Agrellos (on the left) & Christian Seely | beide von Quinta do Noval & Quinta da Romaneira | Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
Tiago Oliveira (Symington Family Estates) & Ana Carvalho (Quinta do Noval & Quinta da Romaneira) | Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Tiago Oliveira (Symington Family Estates) & Ana Carvalho (Quinta do Noval & Quinta da Romaneira) | Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
Location of the Tasting: Museu do Douro | Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Verkostungsort: Museu do Douro | Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
Iza Kaminska (Ale Wino Show, Poland) at Quinta do Vallado | Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Iza Kaminska (Polen) | Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
Group Picture at Quinta do Vallado | Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Nach der Probe: Exkursion in die Weinberge | Foto © Douro Primeira Prova
The tasters & producers at Quinta do Vallado | Douro Primeira Prova 2019
Verkoster & Produzenten bei der Dinner Party auf Quinta do Vallado | Foto © Douro Primeira Prova

Preview tasting
Twenty-six producers will be releasing a total of 167 new wines this autumn. The white & rosé wines come from the vintage 2018, while the reds are one year older, as are the Vintage Ports, harvested in 2017. Just about three months before the wines actually become available, experts from all over the world were given the opportunity to taste & evaluate these wines and Ports, with great concentration and minimal distraction. For the first time – under the title ‘Douro Primeira Prova’– these leading estates invited the industry and the press to a highly professional tasting in northern Portugal’s picturesque Douro valley.

For journalists, this tasting provided a stellar opportunity to taste and evaluate all the relevant wines of the region alongside one other, without having to travel hundreds of kilometres in the heat on the winding roads of the Douro Valley. For merchants & sommeliers alike,Douro Primeira Provaoffers insight – not only a preview of the vintage, but also a close look at the individual estates. Observing the development in quality of the producers – some still quite young – is as important as following stylistic trends at the well-established estates.

Participants from all over the world
More than ninety tasters from all over the world took advantage of these opportunities. They came to the Douro from the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, Brazil, Russia, Japan, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria & Spain. And of course from Portugal itself: the nation’s leading journalists & sommeliers came to taste some 170 wines from the leading producers of the Douro  Valley – a growers’ association called The New Douro.

The tasting format
This was a set tasting laid out in schoolroom format. Native Portuguese and international wine professionals could choose from a total of six time slots from 3–5 June. The interest was even greater than the producers had ever dreamed. Entirely possible, that the great renown of the 2017 Vintage Ports might have contributed to the strong demand… 2017 is considered by experts to be among the best vintages ever, and often compared with the legendary 1945.

Initial silence, then the conversation
While the event was organised as a ‘silent tasting’, and at most only a few whispered words could be overheard, evenings provided ample space and time for collegial exchange and conversation. Participants attended dinner parties given at the Quintas, where they were able to converse with & question the producers, receiving first-hand answers to satisfy their curiosity.

After the tasting is before the tasting
The dates for ‘Douro Primeira Prova’ 2020 have already been set! The 2019 white wines and the 2018 reds [and vintage ports (aber ob man 2018 als Vintage erklären wird???)] will be available for tasting from 1–3 June 2020 at the Museu do Douro in Régua. High demand suggests that it is not too early now to think about securing your place. Please register at: primeiraprova@wine-partners.at

 

‘Douro Primeira Prova’ is organised by the winegrowers’ group THE NEW DOURO.