Smith Woodhouse

Smith Woodhouse Ports have outstanding length and structure and are drier than most.  Its Vintage Ports show a characteristic opulent rich style, balanced by firm hard tannins. Ageing gives these wines an unmatched elegance.

History

Christopher Smith, Member of The British Parliament and Lord Mayor of London, founded a small company to ship Port from the Douro in 1784.  The Woodhouse brothers joined in the early 19th century and the name Smith Woodhouse was established.  By the end of the 19th century their Ports enjoyed a strong reputation.  Like so many shippers, Smith Woodhouse fell on hard times in the aftermath of the Second World War, and the brand was sold to a London based wine importer, whilst the wines were shipped by W & J Graham’s.  In 1970, when the Symington family bought Graham’s, they acquired Smith Woodhouse as well.

Visit the Smith Woodhouse website for more information about the full range of Ports.

Quintas

Quinta da Madalena in the Rio Torto is at the heart of the Smith Woodhouse ports, as well as wines made from select grapes bought in from adjacent properties in the Rio Torto valley.  The Rio Torto, which runs south from the Douro near Pinhão in the heart of the Douro region, has an extraordinary microclimate and has been known for the quality of its ports for as long as Port has been made.

Learn more viticultural details from the  Quinta da Madalena Quinta Profile.

Flavour Profile

Smith Woodhouse Ports have outstanding length and structure and are drier than most. Its Vintage Ports show a characteristic opulent rich style, balanced by firm hard tannins. Ageing gives these wines an unmatched elegance.

Wine Reputation

Smith Woodhouse declares a Vintage Port only in exceptional years, perhaps three times in a decade, and in the intervening years may produce a Quinta Vintage Port from Quinta da Madalena.  As a rule, the Madalena Vintage Ports will be aged in our cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia for 10 years or more after harvest before being released to the market, ready for enjoyment, although in 1995 the Madalena Vintage was so extraordinary it was released En Primeur.

As a niche brand with limited production Smith Woodhouse is perhaps not widely known to the general public, but among Port connoisseurs it is eagerly sought.  In major blind tastings of all the Ports declared in Vintage years, critics consistently pick out the Smith Woodhouse as extraordinarily good and extraordinarily good value.  Michael Broadbent gave Smith Woodhouse 1980 “My highest rating of the 14 '80s tasted blind at Christie's in June 1990.  5 Stars”  and in 2000 wrote of the Smith Woodhouse 1994 “A complete, lovely wine.  5 Stars”  In a 20 year retrospective tasting of all the 1977 Vintage Ports James Suckling rated the Smith Woodhouse 1977 at 99 out of 100 points, and called this Port “the greatest value in Vintage Port at the moment… and it’s an absolutely gorgeous Port to drink… In terms for sheer quality for money, it’s crazy not to buy some ’77 Smith Woodhouse…”

See details of all the years in which Smith Woodhouse was made

  1. 2011
  2. 2007
  3. 2003
  4. 2000
  5. 1997
  6. 1994
  7. 1992
  8. 1991
  9. 1985
  10. 1983
  11. 1982
  12. 1980
  13. 1977
  14. 1975
  15. 1970
  16. 1966
  17. 1963
  18. 1960
  19. 1955
  20. 1950
  21. 1947
  22. 1945
  23. 1935
  24. 1927
  25. 1924
  26. 1920
  27. 1917
  28. 1912
  29. 1908
  30. 1904
  31. 1900
  32. 1897
  33. 1896
  34. 1890

See details of all the years in which Smith Woodhouse Madalena was made

  1. 2005
  2. 2002
  3. 2001
  4. 1999
  5. 1998
  6. 1996
  7. 1995
  8. 1988


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