The notoriety of Portuguese wines, especially from the Douro, the oldest demarcated region in the world, is growing internationally, a fact proven by the countless prizes and distinctions awarded over recent years. And 2014 turned out to be a very special year in this area, with Wine Spectator, looked on by many as the “Wine Bible”, including three Portuguese wines in the ranking of the 10 best of the year. The Chryseia and Quinta do Vale Meão reds took the third and fourth places in the top 10, which is led by Dow’s 2011 port wine.

Produced by Symington Family Estates in the Quinta do Bomfim, in Pinhão, Dow’s 2011 wine was chosen from among 18 thousand samples assessed by the wine-tasting team of the influential North American magazine and received a classification of 99 points out of a possible 100. Chryseia also comes from Symington, but is the result of a partnership with the Bordeaux producer with Bruno Prats, and Quinta do Vale Meão is produced on the estate with the same name by the company F. Olazabal & Filhos. Both were classified with 97 points.

Wine Spectator distinguishes wines according to the classification obtained in the tasting, but also from other parameters, such as the quality/price relationship, availability on the market and what it calls the ‘x factor’, a mixture of authenticity and singularity. Besides these three wines in the five top spots in the ranking, Portugal also managed to include three national wines in Wine Spectator’s top 100: Fonseca Vintage Port came in 13th place, Quinta do Portal Douro in 27th – both from 2011 -, and the Alentejo Ramos Reserve 2012 by João Portugal Ramos which came in 56th position.

Portugal’s international distinction in the world of wines did not stop there. And while the rankings of this year are still unpublished, we can tell you that the World Association of Writers and Journalists of Wines and Spirits considered Sogrape Wines to be the best wine producer in the world in 2015. The leader of Portuguese wine exports, with brands such as Casa Ferreirinha, Mateus RosО, the young “green” wines Gazela and Aveleda, and Sandeman, Ferreira and Ofley port wines, had already stood out in the ranking of last year’s best 100 producers in the world with fourth place.