Kopke- Historical Winery in Portugal
Before the Douro Valley in Portugal was demarcated, Kopke had already been born. Kopke’s path as a winegrower is entwined with the history of its location. Established in 1638, the oldest Port Wine House has built a high reputation, built-in principles of high-quality.
Development of the Winery
The purchase of a farm in the Douro, in 1781, marks the transition of Quinta S Luiz- Kopke from a wine buying company to a major producer. Port Wine gradually become the focus of the company and soon started representing its main business. The purchase of Quinta de S. Luiz in 1922 was done almost three centuries after its creation. In the centuries to come, Kopke will certainly endeavor to honor its legacy which was built with passion throughout generations.
World Heritage Site
The Upper Douro, in north-east Portugal, is considered to be 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. In the Douro, vines demand more maintenance yet yield less, and the production costs are higher than other regions in the country, not only due to the work in the vineyard but also in the winemaking process. The grape varieties cultivated for the production of top-notch red and white wines are Touriga Naciona, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Roriz. The Kopke winery is a leader in the production of Colheita Tawny Ports including white Colheitas and has a prime portfolio of special categories and it also produces premium still wines (DOC wines).