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See details of the wines declared or bottled from the year 1986:

1986 Vintage

Not declared, a few single quinta wines made, more suitable for early consumption than long term ageing.

Viticultural and Weather Conditions

Apart from a little rain in late June, drought conditions prevailed until 10 September, when it began to rain, at times very heavily, only clearing after the 23rd. The rain was succeeded by perfect vintage weather – fine hot sunshine, temperatures no more than 32° C and cool autumnal nights.

Zimbro and Malvedos quintas, near Tua, began picking on Monday 22nd September in damp conditions, Bomfim and most of the Rio Torto quintas startded on the 25th. Upper Douro quintas showed sugar graduations of 12° - 14° and better than expected yields, with very healthy bunches; thankfully no rot or mould despite the mid-month rainfall.

Winemaker's Overview

Concerning the likely quality of the 1986 Port Wine vintage, it can safely be said that the upper Douro has produced good sound wines of above average quality and yields everywhere were surprisingly high. It is unlikely, however, that any great quantity of really outstanding Port has been produced this year.

Paul Symington
28 October 1986

We have vinified different grape types separately on an experimental basis and it will be interesting to see how these develop.

James R Symington [from Malvedos]
October 1986



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