Quinta do Vesuvio is arguably the most magnificent estate in the Douro valley. Located in the beautiful and austere Port-growing region of the Upper Douro valley, its history dates back to the 16th Century. All of the grapes are hand-picked, with a careful selection being made. Vesuvio is one of the very few estates in the Douro where all of the wines are made using the traditional treading method in granite lagares, among the largest in the Douro valley, and offered exclusively as a single Quinta Vintage Port. In 1989, Quinta do Vesuvio was purchased by the Symington family whose involvement in the production and shipping of Port began more than a century ago.

Vesuvio is now ranked as one of the top-tier Vintage Port producers. Over the last decade, Quinta do Vesuvio has amassed an impressive number of awards at international tasting competitions around the world.








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Jancis Robinson, October 2016, 17.5 Points

Healthy crimson with a deep garnet rim. Light putty nose. Tastes like claret! Relatively dry. Great balance but not that sweet. Very stylistically dry and different.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate November 2008, 90 Points

Coming after the 1994, this is lacking some fruit intensity on the nose, quite smoky with cigar box aromas coming through. The palate is better, with nice cohesion, light but elegant toasty black fruits with pain grille, spice, leather and a touch of cloves. Very good delineation towards the finish. This is a more feminine, wily Vesuvio that should age gracefully over the next ten years. Drink now-2018. Tasted November 2008.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate February 1995, 90 Points

A supple, charming, dark ruby/purple-colored wine, Quinta do Vesuvio’s 1992 Vintage Port offers excellent concentration, a velvety texture, not much weight or tannin, a precocious, penetrating fragrance, sweet fruit, medium to full body, and a gentle finish. It will drink well young and last for 20 years.

Producer information for the 1992 vintage

The 1992 viticultural year was marked by the near drought conditions that prevailed during the early months of the year. Producers and shippers became anxious as the vines must survive the long dry summer by drawing on the underground moisture created by the winter rains. Fortunately May and June produced more than average rainfall and August was not excessively hot. This was a relief as in many areas, vines were already showing signs of suffering from lack of water. A tremendous thunderstorm broke over the Upper Douro on 7th and 8th August, and this most welcome rain transformed the grapes. Within a short time the grapes had swollen and sugar readings improved. Picking at Vesuvio took place between Monday 14th and Thursday 24th September.

Family Comments by Peter Symington, October 1992

In general the fermentations have shown excellent colour and nose. The grapes have been in good condition although yields were 20% below those achieved in 1991, this is not surprising considering the dry winter. There has been some uneven ripening due to the winter drought, but in general it can be said that some very good wines have been made.