Quinta de Roriz

Great aromatic complexity and endless layers of sumptuous fruit, rich and well balanced wines, with great concentration and tannic structure. The wines have hallmark mineral tones on the palate.

History

Quinta de Roriz is one of the oldest and finest estates in the Douro, well-known by the end of the 17th century, and was in the hands of the van Zeller family for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. Roriz was one of the first Ports to be bottled and shipped under the name of the quinta itself, and this continued into the early years of the 20th century.

After some years of collaboration with the van Zellers, the quinta and brand were acquired outright by the Symingtons in 2009, and Quinta de Roriz has become the home of the Prats & Symington Douro DOC wines, although Vintage Port under the name of Quinta de Roriz continues to be made in exceptional years.

The story of this Quinta is so unusual that it is the focus of the book Roriz, História de uma Quinta no Coração do Douro by the historian Gaspar Martins Pereira, which weaves together the story of the legendary Quinta de Roriz with that of the Douro and its wines.  Read more about this book in our SFE News Feed, article available either in English or in Portuguese.

Quinta

Quinta de Roriz is one of the most spectacularly beautiful Quintas in the Douro, situated in the Upper Corgo on the South bank of the river Douro between Pinhão and Tua. Roriz forms a natural north facing amphitheatre, extending to 450 metres of altitude.

The quinta has a unique episode in its history, when it was mined for tin and even gold, beginning in the 17th century when a religious order "Comenda das Tres Minas da Ordem de Christo" had the rights to the property.  Mining activities only ceased after World War II. 

For more viticultural details of the Quinta, please view the full Quinta Profile.

Flavour Profile

Great aromatic complexity and endless layers of sumptuous fruit, rich and well balanced wines, with great concentration and tannic structure. The wines have hallmark mineral tones on the palate.

The Wines

A small quantity of Quinta de Roriz Vintage Port is made from Roriz estate fruit only in exceptional years and when conditions allow.  No other style of Port is made by this brand.

James Suckling has admired the Quinta de Roriz in recent years, often remarking on the long finish of these Ports, and in 2003 added the comment “Great pedigree too.  I once had the 1865 Roriz and it was fantastic.”

See details of all the years in which Quinta de Roriz was made

  1. 2011
  2. 2007
  3. 2006
  4. 2005
  5. 2004
  6. 2003
  7. 2002
  8. 2001
  9. 2000
  10. 1999


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