Film: wine stories - the Douro Valley - the oldest new wine region in the world?

So, the film Dave Fuller and I made in the Douro is now live. We’re really pleased with it, but would love to hear some feedback. If you have 8 minutes to spare, please take a look:


This film is the result of a collaboration between film maker David Fuller ( and wine writer Jamie Goode [...]

Robustus 1990 with Dirk Niepoort

On Saturday night (15 September 2012) I had dinner with Dirk Niepoort at Quinta do Napoles in the Douro. It was a lovely evening with a bunch of like-minded wine people and some very nice wines.

Particularly special was the bottle of Robustus 1990 that Dirk opened: the wine that was the start of his current [...]

Some more Douro pictures

Old vine at Vallado

Just on my way home from the Douro, so only time to post a few more pictures. Yesterday was Vallado, then Vale Meao, then Niepoort’s Quinta do Napoles, and overnight at Vale Dona Maria. So much to take in. A lot to write about.

With Dirk Niepoort

Vale Meao


Some pictures from the Douro

I’m busy filming in the Douro this weekend. It’s harvest time and looking as beautiful as ever. Just time to post a few pictures from yesterday at Quinta do Crasto, and then it’s time to drive to Vale Meao (we stayed overnight in the lovely hotel at Vallado).


Two lovely Douro reds at the Dirty Dozen tasting

Thoroughly enjoyed the Dirty Dozen tasting today. It’s the start of term for us wine writers this week. We’re back in the tasting and travelling season. Tomorrow is the Bunch tasting, which will also be really good, and then on Friday I am off to the Douro for the weekend.

It’s so hard (and seems a [...]

Another lovely Portuguese red from Quinta do Noval

One of my favourite wine countries: Portugal. Some great terroirs, and some inspiring wine growers. And lots of progress over the last decade.

This red, the second wine from Quinta do Noval (see my review here), is brilliant value for money. It’s a really good wine in its own right – forget the fact that it’s [...]

A brilliant resource for Douro fans: map of the Quintas

Really delighted to stumble across this superb online resource. It’s The Port Lovers’ Forum map of Douro Quintas.

For anyone like me who has been to the Douro a number of times, this is a brilliantly useful map. If you travel around the region by road, it’s really easy to be disoriented. Travelling by river is [...]

1952 Colheita from Graham for the Diamond Jubilee

Old wines? I love them. And some of the best old wines are fortified wines: Madeira, Vintage Port, Tawny Port and VORS Sherry.

This is a 60 year old single-vintage Tawny Port (the official name for vintage dated Tawnies is Colheita), released to commerate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It’s fabulous and expensive, but good value when [...]

In the Douro, at Warre's Quinta da Cavadinha in the Pinhao Valley

A short film from a visit to Warre’s Quinta da Cavadinha, in the heart of the beautiful Pinhao Valley. I am with Paul Symington and viticulturist Miles Edlmann.

Spotted in the Douro: wild vines

Now this is terribly geeky: I know. But when I visited Quinta dos Malvedos last September I was delighted to see a wild vine growing in a tree.

This is really interesting to me, because this is the native habitat for the grape vine. Originally, all vines would have been woodland climbers. They are adapted for [...]