Delivery of Port wines and portuguese wines
Wine selection: proximity and knowledge of the terroir
The language barrier and the remoteness of the land make it more difficult to know Port and Portuguese wines well than for any wine from France. It is not easy to make a good selection without relying on experts on site capable of touring the cellars several times a year, thus guaranteeing an optimal selection. To buy directly at the property you must of course have its entrances but you must also know how to find the nuggets. In each property there are indeed always several cuvées as well in each category of Portuguese wine as in each category of Port. And although sold under the same label, all these vintages are not equal from a qualitative point of view. The deep knowledge of the soil and the producers allows PORTOVINTAGE.COM to provide a service without comparison on the market.
PORTOVINTAGE.COM DEVELOPES ITS OFFER IN FRANCE AND EUROPE
Apart from the large properties that everyone knows, Portuguese wines and Port wines from small owners are almost impossible to find because they are absent from the classic distribution. In the supermarket there is a short and low quality range of Port wines and Portuguese wines. At the wine merchants, the range is not very wide either and the prices are high due to the ubiquity of the big brands. On the internet, the ranges offered notably in port wines are on the contrary very wide, but it is impossible to find your way around: small wines rub shoulders with large ones, at all prices, with discounts that conceal artificial price increases and no advice. guiding the purchase.
PORTOVINTAGE was born to bring you all the richness of the wines of this region and to deliver you the best Portuguese and Port wines :
Port and Portuguese wine delivery, to access the best of Portuguese wines
When the PORTOVINTAGE.COM team discovers in a property a cuvée which surpasses all the others and which is superior in quality to all wines of the same category, then they reserve this cuvée for their customers. With their small productions, small producers need their customers to commit well in advance.
PORTOVINTAGE.COM thus offers its members the chance to discover the best Portuguese wines and Ports from small producers. The selection committee is in constant search of new wines. All the wines and all the port offered are rigorously selected at the property by a blind tasting and a technical analysis. Only wines that are far superior to the standards usually observed and unanimous among the members of the selection committee are selected.
Alentejo, Dão, Bairrada, Setúbal ... discover all the Portuguese wines
Portuguese wines and their production regions are truly to be discovered. They amaze, they seduce and give great pleasures. Today, with 31 Designations of Origin, many grape varieties and a wide variety of terroirs and climates, Portugal offers a wide variety of wines, white, rosé, red, muscat, sparkling, without forgetting Port and Madeira wines. Portugal is mainly renowned for its Port wines but the enormous progress made in recent years in the wine-making fields make Portugal « the other country of wine » to be reckoned with. Many producers have revolutionized their winemaking methods and produce wines whose quality continues to improve. In the past, red wines from Portugal were considered a bit rustic. Today they offer more and more freshness and flexibility and manage to compete with the best wines in the world while having preserved their authenticity thanks to the use of indigenous grape varieties such as Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional.
Tawny, Ruby, Vintage a whole range of ports to discover, delivered to your home
There is a real interest in discovering the whole range of port wines because, contrary to what the offer made by most distributors might suggest, the range of port wines is very wide. The interest of the port is to be both sweet and structured and to be tasted as an aperitif, at the table, with cheese and up to coffee. However, all the ports are not alike. In the Tawny family, which is left to age in barrels or in casks in contact with the air for over 80 years, the wines are of the oxidative type, becoming lighter as they age (to the point that very old reds can pass for old whites) and develop aromas of dried fruit, citrus, orange or candied apricot, with notes of nuts, cocoa, spices ... Besides the generic Tawny, there are Tawny of 10 years, 20 years, 30 years, 40 years of age obtained by assembly of different years as well as Tawny Colheita of a single year. In the Ruby family, which is sheltered from the air, the wines are reductive and retain all their life aromas of red fruits: blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry ... which evolve over time, combined with Very soft tannins and a great fullness on the palate ... Apart from the generic Ruby, there are Late Bottled Vintage, all vintages, and the great Vintage, ports recognized as exceptional. In France and Belgium, as in most European countries, only a very small part of the range of Port wines is known, in particular the generic Port Ruby and Port Tawny. And we always see the same labels, those of the big brands that dominate the market. This is to forget that there is a whole range of Port wines whose appellation controle dates back to 1756 and was the 1st in the world.
PORTOVINTAGE deliveries: to be introduced to the best producers in Portugal
In the Douro, for example, small producers know every corner of their vines, each terrace, each plot, each grape variety, according to their altitude, the nature or the slope of the land. For each wine they know where the best grapes come from, how to vinify them and how to manage the aging. Our producers and these wines are well known to our team. PORTOVINTAGE knows these small farms well, which belong to old families of wine-growers. They are maintained with respect for tradition and offer Port wines which are real gems, far from the traditional distribution circuits, and which it is essential to discover because their unique wines delight experienced tasters. These properties are located in the three authorized production areas of the upper Douro: the Baixo Corgo, the Cima Corgo (Corgo is the name of the river that separates them) and the Douro Superior which is located beyond the Cachão da Valeira, a geological accident which in the past limited navigation on the Douro River beyond this point.
Often remote and difficult to access terroirs
One of the most difficult regions to access is the Douro region in northern Portugal, the birthplace of Port wine. Although about a hundred kilometers from the city of Porto, the wine bears the name of the port that opened the doors of the world to it. In the Douro everything is difficult. There are only mountains far from the world where man had to create terraces by means of sacrifice and ingenuity to earn his living. On these shale terraces, several grape varieties have been planted in order to always be able to guarantee a minimum harvest for the winemaker and ensure his subsistence. In the Douro each gesture requires effort : due to the climatic conditions, very cold in winter for the pruning of the vines and very hot in summer, of course for the harvest on very steep terrain, for transport on very small roads and for the difficulty in finding a qualified workforce. The production of each bottle of Port wine is a true tribute to all producers.
Protection of the quality of wines and port and secure delivery
So that its precious bottles are not damaged during their transport, the PORTOVINTAGE.COM team has developed the ideal packaging. It is a rigid expanded polystyrene box or reinforced cardboard with a capacity of two bottles offering the following guarantees :
- Protection against physical shock
- Protection against temperature variations
The cost of delivery is optimized. Only € 12 to deliver up to 18 bottles practically throughout Europe, including France, Belgium and Spain. Today almost all of the wines in the world, even the largest, are shipped without much consideration to protect their quality. Port wine, although it is more resistant than most other wines due to its alcohol content and the robustness of the grape varieties from which it comes, must also be protected during its transport, and in particular from temperature too high. The Portuguese wines and Port wines offered by PORTOVINTAGE.COM remain as long as possible in the cellars of the producers before being delivered to the air-conditioned warehouse of PORTOVINTAGE.COM. Finally, the PORTOVINTAGE box in rigid expanded polystyrene offers very high thermal security by preventing the cold from "anaesthetizing" the wine and blocking its development or from heat coming to oxidize it and degrade its tannins and coloring matters. Transport is provided by the GLS group, which guarantees professional delivery to all of PORTOVINTAGE.COM's client countries.