Port and the Douro

Port and the Douro

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Authoritative and entertaining, the completely updated third edition of Richard Mayson's Port and the Douro offers unparalleled insight into the world of port and Douro wines. From the history of the wine trade in Portugal to the present day, this book is rich in information, offering readers the inside story of these magnificent wines, including a great deal of new material on the cultivation of the Douro's vineyards. An entire chapter is dedicated to vintage port, covering harvests as recent as 2015 and providing information on vintages going back to 1844. All the producers and shippers are included in a comprehensive directory which reflects the structural changes the trade has undergone in recent years, with withdrawal of the multinationals and the sale and amalgamation of a number of famous port firms. Mayson closes by addressing some of the challenges and changes that might affect port and Douro wines in future. A comprehensive study of port and its production, this is an indispensable reference guide to the world's greatest fortified wine.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 30mm | 516g
  • Infinite Ideas Limited
  • Durrington, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 9 Plates, color
  • 1908984627
  • 9781908984623
  • 254,327

Table of contents

AcknowledgementsPreface to the third edition1. Port and the Douro up to date2. Vineyards, vines and quintas3. Making Port: Tradition and technology4. Port types5. Vintage Port6. Port producers and shippers7. Douro wines8. Directions in Oporto and the Douro9. PostscriptGlossaryAppendicesi. Institutions promoting and regulating Port and Douro wineii. Port beneficio / total production 2001-2011iii. Port grape varietiesiv. Global sales of Port winev. Global share of premium PortsIndexMapsMap 1. The north of Portugal and the DouroMap 2. The Douro, showing prominent quintasMap 3. The location of Port lodges in Vila Nova de GaiaFiguresFig. 1. Contrasting systems of cultivation in Douro vineyardsFig. 2. AutovinificationIllustrationsTerraces, Cima CorgoNoble house, VilaricaVerandah, Quinta do Bomfim`Bombs house', Sao Joao de PesqueiraOctagenarian vineHarvester's kitchen, Quinta do BomfimGranite chapel, Sao Salvador do MundoSenhora da Ribeira. `John Major had lunch here'Cestos: old and newMacacos: `monkey sticks'Basket pressBaloes ... `ginas', `mamas', `Lollobrigidas'Toneis, pipas and balseirosFonseca's room with a viewPonte D. Luiz and GaiaBacalhauBarco rabeloOne of the world's great train journeysshow more

Review quote

"A book in the image of Port Wine, delicious." * Blend, The Online Wine Magazine * "Richard's tone remains down-to-earth despite his obvious authority and knowledge when it comes to this wine region. This is a book that offers much that is new and I'm delighted that I will be able to have it to hand when I next open a bottle." -- Chris Kissak * thewinedoctor.com * "The new edition of 2013 is far superior to all editions that have gone before and in my view is beyond any doubt 'The Bible of Port Wine'." * Books about Port * "The only book on port and the Douro worth having." * jancisrobinson.com *show more

About Richard Mayson

Richard Mayson is an award-winning wine writer and an authority on Portuguese wine. A lecturer and consultant, he writes for Decanter, Wine International and The World of Fine Wine and is a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Wine and Larousse Encyclopaedia of Wine. His books include Portugal's Wine and Winemakers and The Wines and Vineyards of Portugal. He is Chair of the Decanter World Wine Awards for Port and Madeira Wine and the owner of a vineyard in the Alto Alentejo region. Leo Duff was born in Belfast and studied Illustration at Brighton College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. She is currently Course Director of MA Drawing as Process at Kingston University, Surrey, England.show more