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See details of the wines declared or bottled from the year 1976:

1976 Vintage

Not declared, but some nice wines made, a few single quinta vintages bottled.

Viticultural and Weather Conditions

Following the driest winter on record there was a total drought throughout the summer, until the end of August. Very low production.

All districts began picking nearly simultaneously between 23rd – 27th September and the harvest was a very short 2 1/2 weeks (4 to 5 weeks is more typical). The vintage period was characterised by very cool temperatures – only 20° - 22° C – and rain.

Winemaker's Overview

The main characteristic of this vintage has been very low production from all Quintas and very low yields from the grapes themselves in the lagares.

In spite of the rain, graduations were uniformly high and the colour of all wines excellent. 1976 will certainly turn out to be a year of dark, full bodied Ports but possibly lacking in ‘freshness’ – this quite understandable after such an exceptionally dry year.

Michael D Symington
October 1976



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