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See details of the wines declared or bottled from the year 1942:

1942 Vintage

Declared by some shippers, despite the war, and in some cases declared and bottled in 1945 to celebrate Victory.  First Vintage to be bottled exclusively in Portugal, rather than shipped in cask as was customary.

Little known, and production was small due to continued post-war restrictions, but well-cellared wines are still a pleasure.

Viticultural and Weather Conditions

A dry winter and exceptional heat in May.  Welcome rain arrived in August and by the beginning of September the outlook had improved considerably.

Harvest began 23 September and weather throughout was cloudy with occasional rain, though not enought to delay the picking or prejudice the grapes.

Winemaker's Overview

The grapes looked sound and healthy, but unfortunately they rendered very little and we have made much less wine than we had expected even up to the time the picking started.  The mostos (musts) seem quite good and it is possible that the wine will turn out fairly good.  All the lagares took a good deal of work.
Ronald Symington
23 September - 6 October 1942



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