Declared Vintage Port is only made in the most exceptional years and comprise less than two percent of all Ports produced. Dow’s 1994 Vintage Port came primarily from two of the Douro’s finest Quintas, Senhora da Ribeira and Bomfim. Dow’s was one of the first houses to invest in premium vineyards in the Douro, acquiring them in 1890 and 1896 respectively.
THE VITICULTURAL YEAR – “A True Classic in the Making”
After a number of exceptionally dry years, the very wet winter of 1993/4 came as a great relief and replaced valuable water reserves. March and April were beautifully warm, rapidly bringing on the development of the vines. The maturation began early and the weather for the remainder of spring and summer was ideal with the vines developing under perfect conditions. The Vintage took place with warm dry days and cool nights. Picking began at Bomfim on the 16th of September and progressed beautifully. The temperature controlled equipment was virtually not used because the fruit came into the winery at ideal temperatures.