Port 1987 Churchill
Agua Alta, Single Quinta Vintage Port
Provenance: Keys, 6/16/2016
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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.
John Graham and his wife (born Churchill) started this House in 1981. He could not use his own name why the House took his wife’s maiden name. This was the birth of the first new Port House for half a century.
To start with, the production came mainly from vineyards such as Água Alta, Manuela and Fojo belonging to the late Jorge Borges de Sousa's family. Although it continues to buy wine from these properties, Churchill's decided to acquire its own top quality vineyards not only to secure its sources of supply but also to have total control over the production process. Churchill's has bought two vineyards, Quinta da Gricha and Quinta do Rio in 1999 and currently leases on a long-term basis Quinta da Perdiz.
Quinta da Gricha is situated on the south bank of the river Douro about five miles upriver from the village of Pinhão.
Quinta do Rio, this quinta is situated in the heart of the Rio Torto valley.
Quinta da Perdiz, this quinta is situated alongside Rio Torto valley.