Port 1970 Sociedade dos Vinhos do Alto Corgo, Colheita
Colheita, Bottled in 1986
Provenance: Deauville Auction, 3/13/1999
The early 1800s was a watershed era for the vintners of Portugal’s Douro Valley, On one hand, the grape harvest of 1820, after fermenting and aging for four years, presented connoisseurs with a wine of remarkable sweetness, with “plenty of crust and plenty of color…and a well-stained cork,” according to T.G. Shaw, who recorded his views in Wine, the Vine, and the Cellar (1863), The remarkable vintage established Portuguese wine as a favorite among the British.
Sociedade dos Vinhos do Alto Corgo(We currently have no information available on this brand)
The General Company of the Alto Douro Vineyard Agriculture, based in Porto, was created in 1877 in order to limit the preponderance of the English in the Alto Douro wine trade and to solve the crisis because that region was then passing. Formed by the "main farmers of Alto Douro and good men of Porto City, the Company was entrusted with the mission of sustaining the culture of the vineyards, preserving their production in its natural purity, for the benefit of farming, commerce, and public health. "
The River Corgo both attenuates temperatures and reflects the sun. This effect, combined with the release of heat from the schist soil, helps temper the extreme cold of winter nights. The topography is rugged and tells the natural history of Man against the elements. Here, deep and steep valleys dominate, forming a variety of microclimates which, when understood, can help create some of the most exciting and sophisticated wines from the Douro. From the schist and gravel soil sprouts flora amongst the crags, illustrating the resilience of life. For those living here, there’s a price to pay for the breath-taking beauty of the Douro; however, there are rewards for those who understand and cherish it.