Pombal do Vesuvio, Douro


This is a brilliant, elegant and stunning red.

The first of only two dedicated still red wines to come from the legendary Quinta do Vesuvio on the Douro Valley. Supremely polished and perfectly poised, you get floral notes and subtle sweet spices with an expressive palate of dark fruit, black plums and wild berry flavous. The oak is so soft and integrated you barely notice it until you go looking for it - always the sign of superb quality.

Quinta do Vesuvio is one of the most famous vineyards in the Douro and its fortified Port wines are extremely highly-sought after. This, then, is some balls-y move by the winery to forego production of what would be amazing Port by allocating grapes from old vines at the heart of the winery to a Table Wine. But such is the market, that one can imagine how and why it is that there is an expectation that all producers that are able to, should make still wines to assist in the elevation of the broader 'brand Portugal'. Given the quality seen here and, for example, in the Niepoort still wines, you can understand the allure of making incredible vineyard-driven wines that tell a different story of your vineyards to that of the fortified wines. No better nor any worse.

And the cool thing? We're the permanent beneficiaries!

This particular wine comes from vines grown in the middle of the winery in a vineyard that surrounds an old dovecote, Pombal in Portuguese, which is at an elevation of 22 metres above sea level. The vines are traditionally planted in terraces and are almost all Touriga Nacional with an average age of 40 years. The winery is also very traditional and use human feet in the lagares to crush the grapes for all their wines - without exception.


Region: Douro

Country: Portugal

Grape(s): Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Roriz

Style: Structured, Smooth, Silky, Round, Medium Bodied, Meditation, Iconic, Full, Elegant, Dark, Complex, Broad, Bright, Balanced

Best food matches: Wild Boar, Veal, Steak, Roasts, Red Meats, Poultry, Pork, Mature Cheeses, Lamb, Hard Cheeses, Game, Fine Dining, Duck, Christmas Dinner, Charcuterie, Beef

Alcohol: 14.5%

Why buy from us?

When you buy wine from The Allotment Wine Co. you're helping a small Irish company that in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers who grow the grapes and make amazing wines. We only work with partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.

Delivery & Returns

You'll get free delivery when you buy 12 x 75cl bottles of wine online from The Allotment, saving you €7.99.

We charge €7.99 per delivery for quantities less than that.

Our hours for processing orders are between 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday.

We pack your online wine order along the following timelines:

Wine orders for delivery in Dublin, received before 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected the next working day.

Wine orders for nationwide delivery, received by 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected two working days later.

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Patrick H.
Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.