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Quinta do Vesúvio

Sociedade agrícola da Quinta do Vesuvio, Lda.

Owner Symington family
Vintage Port Brands Quinta do Vesuvio, Capela

Although historical records mention Vesúvio as early as 1565 it was primarily under the auspices of the Douro's redoubtable widow, Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, that this vineyard estate acquired its legendary reputation. The quinta has 7 hills (and so has Lisbon and Rome) and 30 valleys within its walls. The estate's founder was her husband’s father who 1823 began the ambitious task of planting the vineyard. This gargantuan enterprise involving the shaping and construction of terraces on the intractable slopes and the planting of hundreds of thousands of vines took his legions of workers thirteen years to complete. When he died in 1835 Antonia had just been married for 3 months with his son with the same name. After her husband’s death, she continued to develop the property which included several new quintas and which under her able management became the show-piece quinta of the Douro.

The quinta remained in the hands of the family with 18 owners and the grapes were sold to Ferreira until 1989 when the property was purchased by the Symington family. Now the quinta is not tied to any single company and the plan is to run and marketing the quinta independently. It is back to Dona Antonia’s days when she sold her wine to English wine merchants and the quinta’s name appeared on the labels. Excellent years they also declare Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio as a top brand of Quinta do Vesuvio. The first year of this was 2007.

Quinta do Vesuvio Vintages:1863, 1963 (Ferreira), 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
Capela da Quinta do Vesuvio Vintages:2007, 2011, 2016

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseQuinta do Vesuvio
Ferreira
Vintage1963
ColourMature yellow quite nice colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetComplex mint, toffee, burned candy and crème caramel in the nose.Score range16.50 - 17.50
TasteMature and at its peak. Quite full-bodied. Toffee in flavour. Elegant and balanced. Complex, long and quite attractive finish.Average score16.97
Last tasted23rd November 2013Point this date16.90
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle belongs to Gerda and Ole Vesterdals Private Collection.

In 2005 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
In 2013 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage1989
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetToasted aroma with chestnuts, fudge, candy, chocolate and toffee in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.25
TasteMedium bodied. Mature and peaking with chocolate in taste. Balanced and rather complex but will not be better. Very good and attractive finish. Enjoy it now!Average score16.00
Last tasted5th March 2015Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage1990
ColourStill quite dark but yellow mature in the rim.Number of tastings11
BouquetCream toffee, candy, mulberry, black berry and fudge in the nose.Score range15.40 - 16.50
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and peaking. Cream toffee in taste. Balanced and sensuous mouth feeling port with an attractive and long finish. However, easy to drink and very enjoyable indeed.Average score15.85
Last tasted19th May 2016Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage1991
ColourStill very dark in colour but with a sunset rim in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetComplex mulberry, crème caramel, salted toffee and dark chocolate in the nose.Score range16.50 - 16.50
TasteFull-bodied but astonishing immature and will be better. Mulberry and crème caramel in flavour. Balanced and complex port. Lovely, long and wonderful finish.Average score16.50
Last tasted5th March 2015Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage1992
ColourStill quite dark in colour with a yellow edge.Number of tastings2
BouquetCream candy, crème caramel, leather, candy and roasted expresso in the nose.Score range15.75 - 16.75
TasteQuite full-bodied. Rather mature but still with some soft tannin and will probably be better. Roasted coffee and crème caramel in taste. Easy to drink and enjoy with a rather long and rather attractive finish.Average score16.25
Last tasted8th November 2018Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2018 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage1994
ColourStill very dark but with a yellow mature rim in colour.Number of tastings6
BouquetCrème caramel, candy, violet and cacao but also some mulberry and black berry in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.50
TasteAlmost full-bodied. Quite mature with still some soft tannin and will be better. Sweet. Violet and candy but also a hint of mulberry in taste. Lovely and generous finish.Average score16.26
Last tasted20th September 2018Point this date16.40
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% tasting in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage1995
ColourStill quite dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings7
BouquetGenerous bouquet of roasted coffee beans, cacao, dark chocolate, cream candy and butterscotch in the nose.Score range15.90 - 16.50
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature, peaking and delicious to drink and will probably be better. Butterscotch, cacao and roasted coffee in taste. Balanced and a hint of sweetness and quite complex. Has a long and lovely finish. This is a very nice port.Average score16.22
Last tasted9th May 2018Point this date16.25
CommentAt the Big Fortified Tasting in London, Great Britain.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage1996
ColourDark blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings2
BouquetBlackberry, dark berry, cherry and some chocolate in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.00
TasteQuite full-bodied. Immature and still some soft tannin. Will be better. Mulberry and a hint of pale chocolate in flavour. Lovely and promising finish. Easy to drink and enjoy now but just wait.Average score15.75
Last tasted5th March 2015Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage1997
ColourDark blue in colour with a yellow rim.Number of tastings4
BouquetMulberry, cherry and fruit in the nose.Score range14.50 - 16.50
TasteQuite full-bodied. Rather mature and elegant. Fruit in flavour. Lovely finish. Delicious to drink.Average score15.50
Last tasted30th September 2011Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage1998
ColourStill quite black in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetNutty and caramel in the nose.Score range15.40 - 15.40
TasteQuite full-bodied. Immature and lots of tannin. Nutty flavour and a promising and long finish. Will be interesting to follow.Average score15.40
Last tasted3rd November 2003Point this date15.40
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage1999
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetVery juicy and dark cherry in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Immature and full of tannins. Loaded with fruit and mulberry in flavour. Very hard to swallow. Lovely long finish.
Last tasted27th April 2001Rating this dateImpressive / Very Impressive
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% trip to Douro, Portugal.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage2000
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetMulberry, dark berry blackberry and some herby in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.25
TasteFull-bodied. Immature and still some tannin but balanced and quite elegant. Mulberry and herbs in flavour. Long promising finish. Will be much better and very interesting to follow.Average score15.88
Last tasted20th July 2016Point this date16.25
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage2001
ColourStill very dark blue but with a yellow edge in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetCacao, coffee, dark chocolate, some toffee and crème caramel in the nose.Score range16.75 - 16.75
TasteQuite full-bodied. Rather mature but with some soft and delicate tannin. Will still be better! Balanced and very complex indeed. Cacao and dark chocolate in taste. Long, attractive and wonderful finish. Classic and elegant port!Average score
Last tasted7th November 2016Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage2003
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetJuicy and fruity in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Immature and full of tannins. Hard to swallow. Loaded with fruit and dark cherry in flavour. Attractive finish.
Last tasted6th November 2006Rating this dateImpressive/ Very Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage2004
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetJuicy and dark berry in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Immature and lots of tannins. Hard to swallow. Loaded with fruit and dark berry in flavour. Attractive finish.
Last tasted6th November 2006Rating this dateImpressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage2005
ColourDark blue in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetViolet, candy, mulberry and much more in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.25
TasteQuite full-bodied. Exciting silky tannins. Violet and mulberry in taste. Elegant and balanced ports with a long and attractive finish but will be better with time.Average score
Last tasted10th September 2014Point this date16.25
CommentIn Quinta do Vesuvio’s lodge at the trip to Oporto – Douro, Portugal with the Port Wine Club est. 1981 in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage2007
ColourVery black in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetJuicy and dark berry in the nose.
TasteQuite full-bodied. Immature and full of tannins. Hard to swallow. Loaded with fruit in flavour. Long finish but hard appreciating at this moment.
Last tasted2nd November 2009Rating this dateImpressive/ Very Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage2009
ColourVery black in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetJuicy and dark berry in the nose.
TasteQuite full-bodied. Immature and full of tannins. Hard to swallow. Loaded with fruit in flavour. Long finish but hard appreciating now.
Last tasted7th November 2011Rating this dateImpressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage2010
ColourStill almost black in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetImpressive bouquet of mulberry, black berry, dark cherry, fruit and much more in the nose.Score range16.00 - 16.00
TasteQuite full-bodied. Immature and lots of tannins. Will be much better. Loaded with fruit and mulberry and blackberry in flavour. Balanced and we think quite elegant. Classic port with a long finish. An impressive port indeed.Average score
Last tasted7th November 2016Point this date16.00
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage2011
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetQuite closed but with fruit, black cherry and dark berry in the nose.
TasteFull-bodied. Immature and elegant tannins. Loaded with fruit and berry in flavour. Quite elegant. Long finish and quite easy to appreciate. A lovely and interesting port.
Last tasted10th September 2014Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentIn Quinta do Vesuvio’s lodge at the trip to Oporto – Douro, Portugal with the Port Wine Club est. 1981 in Copenhagen.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage2012
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetBlack cherry, mulberry but still juicy in the nose
TasteMedium body. Immature of course with lots of tannin. Loaded with fruit and black cherry in taste. Quite elegant Long and lovely finish which is appreciated. Will be interesting to follow.
Last tasted3rd November 2014Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage2013
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetMulberry, blackberry, sweet liquorice, still juicy in the nose
TasteMedium body. Lots of tannins. Mulberry and nice fruit in taste. Really nice balance with a long and lovely finish which is appreciated. Will be interesting to follow.
Last tasted5th March 2016Rating this dateImpressive/ Very Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersJB, SS
HouseQuinta do VesuvioVintage2016
ColourDark ruby in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetMulberry, blackberry, sweet liquorice and loaded with dark berry and fruit in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Lots of lovely tannins. Balanced and very complex. Mulberry, black berry and mature fruit in taste. Really elegant with a long and lovely finish which is appreciated. Will be very interesting to follow.
Last tasted30th November 2018Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Leverkusen, Germany.

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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