TAYLORS PORT – A COMPLETE GUIDE

A Brief History of Port

 

The earliest versions of port wine were made by the Romans on the banks of the Douro River in Portugal during the second century BC. In 1143 AD the Kingdom of Portugal enjoyed prosperity, so it began exporting wine. Trade was firmly established between England and Portugal in 1386. The first wines we know now as port were shipped to England in the second half of the 17th century.

The coastal town of Viana do Castelo was situated in a natural harbour, and became an elegant centre of the wine business in 1654. The wines produced in nearby Melgaço and Monção were exported to England along with grain, fruit and oil.  

Taylors Port Bottles

Taylors Port

 

Taylors Port is now a worldwide icon. It is produced selectively in the prime years, termed as ‘declared’ vintages. Using grapes grown on the Taylors estates at Quinta de Terra Feita, Quinta de Vargellas, and Quinta do Junco, the Vintage Ports are blended. The Vargellas grapes add structure, elegance, and complexity. The Terra Feita and Junco grapes add body, depth, and concentration.

At harvest, a panel selects the best wines from all three vineyards. For two following winters, the selected wines are left to age in oak vats. In the second spring, the panel samples the wines again. If the wines are marked exceptional, the wines are blended from the three estates.

At this point, the wines may receive the ‘declared’ distinction. These blends must feature flavour depth, massive structure, and the capability to evolve over time into a mature Taylors Port Vintage. On average, only three years of Vintage have been declared per decade.

What sets Taylor Ports apart are their strong aromas and solid structures, which are tempered by characteristic understatement. The vintage ports only grow more impressive with time. Their elegant and harmonious blends are signatures of quality.

Taylors Port: What To Look For

Taylors Port OWC

OWC

OWC means ‘original wooden case’ and a standard case of port comprises of 12 bottles.  Cases of Taylors are worth the same as 12 loose bottles, however, OWC are more sought after.  We can sell any quantity from a single bottle to 100+ cases, so no matter what your bottle we are sure to be able to help.

Taylors Port

Labels

Cellars are often slightly damp and often quite dusty.  As a result labels can become damaged, especially if the bottles are in racks.  Bottles with perfect labels are more commercial than those with damaged labels.  It might be worth considering wrapping your bottles with cling film to keep the labels protected in the long term.

Taylors Port Level

Levels

This is THE most important condition factor relating to your Taylors port.  The level should be into the narrow part of the neck to achieve the best prices.  If the level is way below the neck then the port may still be safe to drink but will pose quite a risk to collectors so the price will be low.

Taylors Port Vintages

Vintages

Some of the best vintages for Taylors port include: 1908, 1927, 1931, 1948, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1977, 1985, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007 and 2011.  Other vintages can still be ‘very good’, but the above represents the most commercial vintages for Taylors port.

Macallan Whisky Worth

Capsules

Originally capsules on port bottles were made of wax and can be stamped the vintage and producer too.  This pre-dates the use of labels where port was often stored in ‘bins’ (a section of a cellar).  Ideally the capsules should in perfect condition, but a few chips is not considered a problem.  A missing capsule is bad news!

Taylors Port Labels

Non Taylors Port Labels

Quite often a ‘pipe’ of port would be imported by an independent bottler or a private individual.  When the port was bottled they put their own label on the bottles, often in conjunction with a stamped wax capsule.  Some of these bottles are worth a small percentage less than estate bottles.  Large merchants bottles such as Berry Brothers & Rudd are not affected.

A Brief History of Port

 

The earliest versions of port wine were made by the Romans on the banks of the Douro River in Portugal during the second century BC. In 1143 AD the Kingdom of Portugal enjoyed prosperity, so it began exporting wine. Trade was firmly established between England and Portugal in 1386. The first wines we know now as port were shipped to England in the second half of the 17th century.

The coastal town of Viana do Castelo was situated in a natural harbour, and became an elegant centre of the wine business in 1654. The wines produced in nearby Melgaço and Monção were exported to England along with grain, fruit and oil.  

Taylors Port Bottles

Taylors Port

 

Taylors Port is now a worldwide icon. It is produced selectively in the prime years, termed as ‘declared’ vintages. Using grapes grown on the Taylors estates at Quinta de Terra Feita, Quinta de Vargellas, and Quinta do Junco, the Vintage Ports are blended. The Vargellas grapes add structure, elegance, and complexity. The Terra Feita and Junco grapes add body, depth, and concentration.

At harvest, a panel selects the best wines from all three vineyards. For two following winters, the selected wines are left to age in oak vats. In the second spring, the panel samples the wines again. If the wines are marked exceptional, the wines are blended from the three estates.

At this point, the wines may receive the ‘declared’ distinction. These blends must feature flavour depth, massive structure, and the capability to evolve over time into a mature Taylors Port Vintage. On average, only three years of Vintage have been declared per decade.

What sets Taylor Ports apart are their strong aromas and solid structures, which are tempered by characteristic understatement. The vintage ports only grow more impressive with time. Their elegant and harmonious blends are signatures of quality.

Taylors Port: What To Look For

Taylors Port OWC

OWC

OWC means ‘original wooden case’ and a standard case of port comprises of 12 bottles.  Cases of Taylors are worth the same as 12 loose bottles, however, OWC are more sought after.  We can sell any quantity from a single bottle to 100+ cases, so no matter what your bottle we are sure to be able to help.

Taylors Port

Labels

Cellars are often slightly damp and often quite dusty.  As a result labels can become damaged, especially if the bottles are in racks.  Bottles with perfect labels are more commercial than those with damaged labels.  It might be worth considering wrapping your bottles with cling film to keep the labels protected in the long term.

Taylors Port Level

Levels

This is THE most important condition factor relating to your Taylors port.  The level should be into the narrow part of the neck to achieve the best prices.  If the level is way below the neck then the port may still be safe to drink but will pose quite a risk to collectors so the price will be low.

Taylors Port Vintages

Vintages

Some of the best vintages for Taylors port include: 1908, 1927, 1931, 1948, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1977, 1985, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007 and 2011.  Other vintages can still be ‘very good’, but the above represents the most commercial vintages for Taylors port.

Macallan Whisky Worth

Capsules

Originally capsules on port bottles were made of wax and can be stamped the vintage and producer too.  This pre-dates the use of labels where port was often stored in ‘bins’ (a section of a cellar).  Ideally the capsules should in perfect condition, but a few chips is not considered a problem.  A missing capsule is bad news!

Taylors Port Labels

Non Taylors Port Labels

Quite often a ‘pipe’ of port would be imported by an independent bottler or a private individual.  When the port was bottled they put their own label on the bottles, often in conjunction with a stamped wax capsule.  Some of these bottles are worth a small percentage less than estate bottles.  Large merchants bottles such as Berry Brothers & Rudd are not affected.

FREE TAYLORS PORT VALUATIONS

FREE TAYLORS PORT VALUATIONS

Taylors Port Valuations

Are you looking for a valuation of your Taylors port?  If so then we can help. 

Email details about your bottle to [email protected] or call us on 01270 440357

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Alternatively, use the form to send us information about your bottle and we will reply with a valuation.

Selling Your Taylors Port

We can help you sell your Taylors port and get the best possible price for it.  We sell both through auction and private sales, using the route which will earn you the most money.

For more information please look at our Services page.

Why use Mark Littler

  • Access to every auction house in the UK.
  • By selecting the auction house that is best suited to your items we significantly increase the final sale price.
  • Our private sales earn you on average 35% more than by selling at auction.
  • We handle everything on your behalf from valuation to sale.
  • We’re independent, so offer unbiased and impartial advice.

Free Online Antique Valuation Form

Are you looking for a valuation of your bottle? If so, we can help.

Email details about your item to [email protected] or call us on 01270 440357

You can also click to send us a text

Alternatively, use the form to send us information about your item and we will reply with a valuation.

Free Online Antique Valuation Form