Quinta Do Vesuvio 1995 Vintage Port

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Quinta Do Vesuvio 1995 Vintage Port will “rank as one of the Quinta’s finest Vintages” according to Vesuvio themselves. The vintage was not widely declared, as it followed the highly regarded 1994 vintage, but excellent single quinta wines were produced.

Quinta Do Vesuvio is the flagship Single Quinta of Symington Family Estates (owners of Dow, Warre, Grahams et al.) There are records of Quinta do Vesuvio dating back to 1565 but was purchased by the well-known Port grower António Bernard Ferreira in 1830. Ferreira was instrumental in developing the estate rebuilding old and building new stone walled terraces, building a new winery with eight very large lagares each holding 14000 litres of wine (a typical lagare normal holds around 7000 litres). The estate eventually came into the owership of Ferreira’s daughter in law, Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, who built the main grand house and chapel and also bottled and sold the estate’s wine under the Vesuvio name – this was unheard of in the nineteenth century. With the arrival of Phylloxera, the estate focused more on olives, almonds and oranges.

Quinta do Vesuvio passed through family hands until is was acquired by the Symington family in 1989 and whom immediately set about restoring and renovating the estate. The main house and wine were restored and a large planting and re-planting of existing vineyard was undertaken taking the vineyard area to 136 hectares. All grapes are trodden by foot and only Vintage Port is made at Quinta de Vesuvio. Between the extraordinary variety of microclimates and the range of grape varieties grown on the estate, the Quinta is capable of making a great Vintage Port in all but the most challenging years.  The entire property is A-rated, the highest possible quality designation.

The Ports of Quinta do Vesuvio are characterised by superb inky black-red colours when young, and the nose is always intense, with strong notes of violets and wild spring flowers.  The taste is long, complex and rich, with layers of flavour that persist on the palate.  Blueberry and blackcurrant flavours combine with rich bitter-chocolate to add structure to the Vesuvio Ports.


Tasting Notes

Symington Family Tasting Room, 2010:

The wine is rich, dark and concentrated; it has aromas of violets and “esteva” (rock rose) and is very smooth and elegant on the palate. The 1995 Vesuvio will rank as one of the Quinta’s finest Vintages.  All the wine made at Vesuvio was trodden by foot in the Quinta’s ancient lagares.


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