Fonseca is a young port house but already has gain the reputation of a Premium Vintage Port producer with their wines ranking amongst the best. They are now a pioneer of organic and sustainable viticulture in the Douro Valley.
“The 1992 is a majestic young port that should ultimately rival, perhaps even surpass this house’s most recent great efforts (1985, 1977, 1970, 1963). This colossal vintage port reveals a nearly opaque black/purple color, and an explosive nose of jammy black fruits, licorice, chocolate, and spices. Extremely full-bodied and unctuously-textured, this multi-layered, enormously-endowed port reveals a finish that lasts for over a minute. It is a magnificent port that will age well for 30-40 years.” – 97pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, February 1995
Located in the Douro Valley the firm was founded in 1815 by Fonsecas and Monteiros before being led by the Guimaraens family, who established Fonseca reputation as a ‘first growth’ Vintage Port house. Today the Yeatmans and their descendants are in charge. Since 1970 they have invested in vineyard ownership, taken a leading role in vineyard renovation and have become a pioneer of organic and sustainable viticulture. Fonseca’s 3 distinctive terroir, Panascal, Cruzeiro and Santo António, defines the character of their wines.
They are mainly famous for Vintage Port, Guimaraens Vintage, Bin No 27 and their limited release of a Bicentenary Edition Crusted Port to commemorate 200 years of family tradition and achievement.