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See details of the wines declared or bottled from the year 1896:

1896 Vintage

An exceptional Vintage, all companies declared. Wines were appealing and very satisfactory.  100 years later many of these wines are still extraordinary.

Viticultural and Weather Conditions

Unseasonable heat in March, in both March and April George Warre noted that the vines were looking well but wanting rain, and later noted that rains in May had done wonders and prospects were good. Rain on the 10th September as well as night time showers on the 12, 13th and 14th, followed by fine weather did a great deal of good.

Vintage started 10th September at our quintas and more generally on 14th September, in favourable weather, which turned cooler after the 20th.

Winemaker's Overview

The weather throughout the vintage has been "to order." This year's wines are I consider better than any since 1878 and will I hope and believe start a new era in the Port Wine trade. I tasted through a good many 96's which are progressing well.
George A Warre
17 October 1896

Tasted 139 samples of 1896. Vintage far superior to any of its immediate predecessors.
James R Dow
16 December 1896



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