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Water Wheel Fortified Wine

March 14, 2012
Question by: L, Melbourne, Australia

Q:

Hi I am trying to find out how much bottles of Waterwheels Vintage port are. I have quite a few bottles of the following years 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1986. I cant find any info on them anywhere and was hoping you could help thanks.

A:

Hi, We believe you have fortified wines made by the Water Wheel Vineyards in Bendigo, Australia.  Just as sparkling wine made outside of Champagne, France, is not strictly "champagne" so fortified wines made outside of the Douro region of Portugal are not strictly Ports.  As makers of Port here in Portugal, we are not well placed to help you on this query.  We would suggest you contact a specialist wine merchant in your area who could advise you on the secondary market for these wines, or one of the auction houses which routinely handle wine, such as Bonham's, Christie's or Sotheby's, all of which have contacts in Australia.



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