Vieira de Sousa

Douro, Portugal

 Vieira de Sousa is a new Port house that dates back to the 18th century. The Vieira de Sousa family have long been farmers of exceptional fruit which, like most of the growers in the Douro, was sold to the large Port houses. While the family has made small amounts of “house” Port for family consumption for over 100 years, it was only in 2008 that Luisa Vieira de Sousa Borges, the young daughter of the family began to move toward commercial production. She is in her early 30s, ambitious, and making a namer for herself in a world of traditional wine made by men 

Only estate fruit is used for these incredible wines, coming from four different quintas (vineyards) at varying elevations and expositions. In 2009 they bottled their first vintage port from their top site, Quinta do Roncão Pequeno. They foot crush the fruit in old stone lagares, let only the natural yeasts begin the fermentation in stainless steel, allow natural settling for clarification, and they use incredibly delicate brandy for fortification. The result in their aged wines is exceptional, classic, and will be recognized as some of the greatest Port available on the market.

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Our Selections

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Tawny Port 10 Years Old NV

The 10 year old Tawny is a field blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Cão, and Tinta Roriz which are hand-picked, placed into traditional stone lagares, and pressed by foot before fermentation. After fortification with grape brandy, the wine is placed into a combination of different large, old oak casks for years, with the bottled wine having an average of 10 years of age.  The aromas are intense, with notes of dried fruits, figs, nuts, and plums, followed by a silky and soft texture on the palate. The freshness is remarkable. The green tints on the rim of the wine indicate high acidity and good structure.

2011 Vintage Port

Luisa Vieira de Sousa has released only her second Vintage Port (the first was in 2009) with the already legendary 2011 vintage. The Vieira de Sousa 2011 Vintage Port is a truly classic example of what is inarguably one of the greatest Port vintages in several decades.

With plenty of rain through the winter and spring to help the grapes sustain the warm summer and a very hot August, maturation was perfect for the grapes to stand alone in a vintage bottling. Hand-harvested fruit was brought in to the cellar for an old-fashioned foot crushing into large concrete lagares to begin natural fermentation. When halted by fortification with grape brandy, the wine was then aged for three years before being bottled. This wine is robust and concentrated, while having remarkable precision and amazing elegance on the palate. Inky in color with brambly black fruits and spice in the nose and palate. Absolutely stunning.

2008 Late Bottled Vintage Port

The 2008 Late Bottle Vintage Port is treated as if it were a vintage port but is aged in barrel for five years before bottling. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca, Tinta Cão, and Tinta Roriz, the grapes were foot trodden in large concrete lagares before fermentation.  After fortification with grape brandy, the wine was moved to large, old oak vats for aging before bottling.  This LBV is dark ruby in color and shows concentrated qualities of red and black fruit, with spicy pepper and dark chocolate notes. The wine is marked by smooth tannins and remarkable balance.