2020 Warre's, Vinhas Velhas 350 Anniversary Edition Vintage Port, 3x750ml

2020 Warre's, Vinhas Velhas 350 Anniversary Edition Vintage Port, 3x750ml

ETA Autumn 2022

Availability: En Primeur

Case size: 3 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £366.00
Warre’s 2020 Vinhas Velhas 350th Anniversary Edition Vintage Port is made exclusively from deep-rooted, horse-ploughed, 80 to 100-year-old mixed vines – for the first time in Warre’s long history.

The 2020 vintage was the smallest harvest of the 21st century and produced incredibly concentrated, well-structured, intensely coloured wines in very low quantities. Yields across the Symington family’s estates in the Douro Valley were 21% below the 10-year average.
After reviewing the best wines from their finest properties, Head Winemaker Charles Symington concluded that the Cima Corgo sub-region of the Douro produced the most outstanding wines. The family have therefore chosen to do an exceptional bottling and limited release of two special edition Vintage Ports from Graham’s and Warre’s – drawn exclusively from a few of the best performing parcels from their estates in the Cima Corgo. These special Vintage Ports mark the historic milestones in 2020 of Graham’s 200th anniversary and Warre’s 350th anniversary.

Warre’s 2020 Vinhas Velhas 350th Anniversary Edition Vintage Port is made from the magnificent old vines at two of Warre’s estates, made exclusively from deep-rooted, horse-ploughed, 80 to 100-year-old mixed vines – for the first time in Warre’s long history. These old mixed vines produced an average yield of just 310g per vine – meaning three vines were needed to produce one bottle of this Vintage Port, when typically, it requires just one vine. The wine is intensely fruit-driven with unparalleled concentration and elegance that belies the conditions of the year. Just 2,400 bottles (75cl) are being released En Primeur in 2022. The wine is available in a special commemorative edition wooden case of 3 x 75cl.

“2020 was an especially challenging year in the Douro. The region saw record heatwaves which substantially reduced yields compared to our initial forecasts – around 40% down. Grape varieties that usually ripen sequentially needed to be picked at the same time. We adapted to the conditions and picked parcels by their altitude and co-fermented select varieties together, producing incredibly complex and concentrated wines. I am very proud of the two limited Graham’s and Warre’s 2020 Vintage Ports. These wines demonstrate the benefit of our family’s multi-generational knowledge of our estates and their microclimates, allowing us to produce such elegant wines in a year like 2020. I believe they are a fitting tribute to Graham’s 200 years and Warre’s 350 years and are destined to take their place among the greatest Vintage Ports from these two historic port houses.” – Charles Symington, Head Winemaker.