"Kopke is the oldest of all the Port wine houses having been established in 1638. They produce outstanding tawnies (and aged whites) at all levels, up to and including a new 50 Year Old Tawny. Pale orange -amber in colour, this is gently toasted on the nose with lovely fresh citrus and dried fruit and smooth, savoury complexity on the finish. Drinking Window 2021 2025."
A Touriga Nacional-based blend of traditional Douro red varieties, grown on schist-sandstone soils at 600 meters of elevation. Tawny port is a style marked by the oxidative characteristics of long aging in oak barrels. Casks of different years are then blended to achieve the desired age character in Kopkes case, the age on the label is the average age of all the wines in the blend.
Kopkes path as a winegrower is entwined with the history of its location. A journey in 1636 between Hamburg and Portugal is the beginning of a long story: Nicolau Kopk settled in Portugal as Consul General of the Hanseatic League. Two years later, in 1638, the first bottles of wine were shipped to Northern Europe. In 1781, after purchasing a farm in the Douro, they transitioned from a wine-buying company to a major producer. Port Wine gradually became the focus of the company and soon represented its main business.
The Upper Douro, in north-east Portugal, is considered the oldest demarcated and regulated wine growing region in the world and is a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage site. It was not by chance that Kopke chose the Douro to make wines. Quinta de So Luiz was acquired in 1922 and has since become the place where all Kopkes DOC Douro wines are produced. The great connoisseurs of Douro wines have always recognized this property as one of the most important in the region, for the quality of its soil and vines and for its cultural traditions. The main grape varieties grown are Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Co. There are also small plots of Tinta Barroca and Souzo. The vines are classified as A, the best in the Demarcated Region of the Douro. The original vineyard of Quinta de S. Luiz comprises two plots of old vines named D. Pedro and Fonte Santa, which remain the same since its beginning. From this old vineyard are made the most iconic Kopke wines, the noblest expression of this terroir.
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