Introducing Kopke: The Oldest Port House in the World

Introducing Kopke: The Oldest Port House in the World
The oldest port house in the world, Kopke, has found a new home in the Skurnik portfolio. A land made of schist and a unique climate make port a magnificent one-of-a-kind and inimitable wine.

The year was 1638 A.D.

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Quinta de São Luiz (pictured above) was acquired in 1922 and has since become the place where all Kopke’s DOC Douro wines are produced.

The Thirty Years’ War raged in Europe, Portuguese explorers ascended the Amazon River for the first time, Louis XIV, the Sun King, was born, and Nicolau Köpke shipped his first bottles of wine northwards from the Douro Valley. 

A merchant from Hamburg, Köpke arrived in the Douro two years earlier as Consul General of the Hanseatic League to Portugal. He continued his mercantile business, and it wasn’t until several years later, in 1781, that after purchasing a farm in the Douro, the Kopke House transitioned from a wine-buying company to a major producer. Port Wine gradually became the focus of the company and soon represented its primary business. 

In 1922 Kopke acquired Quinta de São Luiz and the property has since become the place where all Kopke’s DOC Douro wines are produced. The great connoisseurs of Douro wines have always recognized this property as one of the most important in the region, for the quality of its soil and vines and for its cultural traditions. The vines are classified as A, the best in the Demarcated Region of the Douro and the produce of these Grade-A schistous terraces are vinified into a complete range of Ports. However, the company is particularly renowned for its emphasis on white and tawny wines, above all colheitas, or single-vintage tawnies, a category with which the firm is practically synonymous.  

KOPKE TODAY

Introducing Kopke: The Oldest Port House in the WorldKopke’s legendary library stocks are probably the deepest in the entire Douro, and decades of vinous history are commercially available at any given time. You will see age statements up to 40 years and Colheitas even older. However, if you’re looking for an introduction to this legendary house, we recommend starting with their Fine range. These affordable wines are blends of young Ports from different harvests that have been aged a minimum of three years.   

Port is most often enjoyed either as an aperitif or with dessert or at the end of a meal, classically paired with chocolate and cheese to highlight its often silky and decadent notes. White Port, however, presents a chance for more versatile pairings. Dryer styles work extremely well with lighter fish, such as smoked salmon, shellfish or sushi. Aged whites are perfect with richer dishes such as foie gras, mushroom risotto or even chicken pot pie.

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THE PORTS

 

Wine and Spirit Label 1

Port ‘Fine White’, Kopke

A Malvasia Fina-based blend of traditional Douro white varieties, grown on schist-sandstone soils at 600 meters of elevation.

The Fine Port wines are blends of young port wines with a minimum aging of 3 years.


 

Wine and Spirit Label 2

Port ‘Fine Ruby’, Kopke

A Touriga Nacional-based blend of traditional Douro red varieties, grown on schist-sandstone soils at 600 meters of elevation.

The Fine Port wines are blends of young port wines with a minimum aging of 3 years.


 

Wine and Spirit Label 3

Port ‘Fine Tawny’, Kopke

A Touriga Nacional-based blend of traditional Douro red varieties, grown on schist-sandstone soils at 600 meters of elevation.

The Fine Port wines are blends of young port wines with a minimum aging of 3 years.


 

Wine and Spirit Label 4

Port ’10 Yr. White’, Kopke

A Malvasia Fina-based blend of traditional Douro white varieties, grown on schist-sandstone soils at 600 meters of elevation.

Tawny port is a style marked by the oxidative characteristics of long aging in oak barrels. Casks of different years are then blended to achieve the desired age character – in Kopke’s case, the age on the label is the average age of all the wines in the blend.


 

Wine and Spirit Label 5

Port ’20 Yr. White’, Kopke

A Malvasia Fina-based blend of traditional Douro white varieties, grown on schist-sandstone soils at 600 meters of elevation.

Tawny port is a style marked by the oxidative characteristics of long aging in oak barrels. Casks of different years are then blended to achieve the desired age character – in Kopke’s case, the age on the label is the average age of all the wines in the blend.


 

Wine and Spirit Label 6

Port ’10 Yr. Tawny’, Kopke

A Touriga Nacional-based blend of traditional Douro red varieties, grown on schist-sandstone soils at 600 meters of elevation.

Tawny port is a style marked by the oxidative characteristics of long aging in oak barrels. Casks of different years are then blended to achieve the desired age character – in Kopke’s case, the age on the label is the average age of all the wines in the blend.


 

Wine and Spirit Label 7

Port ’20 Yr. Tawny’, Kopke

A Touriga Nacional-based blend of traditional Douro red varieties, grown on schist-sandstone soils at 600 meters of elevation.

Tawny wines are aged oxidatively in barrel, and typically blend multiple vintages together to achieve the desired age character. Colheitas, on the other hand, are tawny wines made from a single harvest. Kopke ages their Colheitas in oak barrels for periods of time that can vary, but never less than 7 years. They are bottled from cask as the market dictates.


 

Wine and Spirit Label 8

Port ‘Colheita Tawny’, Kopke

A Touriga Nacional-based blend of traditional Douro red varieties, grown on schist-sandstone soils at 600 meters of elevation.

Tawny wines are aged oxidatively in barrel, and typically blend multiple vintages together to achieve the desired age character. Colheitas, on the other hand, are tawny wines made from a single harvest. Kopke ages their Colheitas in oak barrels for periods of time that can vary, but never less than 7 years. They are bottled from cask as the market dictates.

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