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Last Chance to See: A Nacional Treasure

October 22, 2019

Wine Searcher recently highlighted the renowned port producer Quinta do Noval in a story titled, “Last Chance to See: A Nacional Treasure.”  The feature, as the clever title suggests, details the winery’s famous Nacional 1963 vintage. For those unfamiliar with this vineyard, Nacional is a small 1.7-hectare plot with a mere 6,000 vines that are all ungrafted vines on native rootstocks…Author Don Kavanagh explains that “Given the devastation wrought in the Douro Valley by phylloxera, these vines give a sample of what the wines would have tasted like back in the mists of an earlier golden age… The grapes are, naturally, treated differently from the rest of the vineyard. Foot-trodden and vinified apart, the plot is seen as a separate part of the wider vineyard.” This extreme dedication to the Nacional plot provides astonishing results; 1963 Vintage in particular, is often regarded by critics as the best Port in the past 75 years. Although it is now quite pricey to acquire this particular vintage, Quinta do Noval produces exceptional ports for any budget. 

To read more about Quinta do Noval, Nacional and its’ many phenomenal vintages, read the full article HERE. 

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    The word "Nacional" refers to the fact that the vines are Portuguese vines growing in Portuguese soil with no foreign root stock and are therefore "attached to the soil of the Nation." The survival of the tiny parcel (6 acres) of legendary ungrafted vines is a mystery and the National is a unique and extraordinary phenomenon that does not necessarily follow the same rhythm as the rest of the Quinta do Noval. Nacional is every port lover's fantasy and this great wine is a source of pride to the people of Portugal and at its best the finest expression of the extraordinary terroir of Quinta do Noval.

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    The word "Nacional" refers to the fact that the vines are Portuguese vines growing in Portuguese soil with no foreign root stock and are therefore "attached to the soil of the Nation." The survival of the tiny parcel (6 acres) of legendary ungrafted vines is a mystery and the National is a unique and extraordinary phenomenon that does not necessarily follow the same rhythm as the rest of the Quinta do Noval. Nacional is every port lover's fantasy and this great wine is a source of pride to the people of Portugal and at its best the finest expression of the extraordinary terroir of Quinta do Noval.

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