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2016 looks like a vintage year for Port producers

2016 has been declared a vintage year for many of the top port producers and is widely thought to be a vintage that most, if not all, will declare.

Around 3-4 times every decade, when the weather and conditions are optimum, Port houses declare a vintage year. In this year all the house's best vineyards and wines are used to make a Vintage Port. These long lived, concentrated wines have the ability to age amongst the longest of any wine made. In non-vintage years the top vineyards produce a range of other port styles.

Each port house makes their own determination if the year warrants a vintage port. Already for 2016 major houses such as Cockburns, Dow’s Grahams, Warres and Quinta do Noal have declared that 2016 will be a vintage year.