Legado – a legacy worth leaving

Legado vineyard, Douro Valley

A demonstration of the often-unrealised potential in Portugal's Douro Valley.

Tasting through every vintage of Legado, a tiny-production red from a steep, terraced slope of 100-year-old vines running down to a tributary of the Douro river, opened my eyes to how many great old vines there must be in the Douro Valley whose produce is blended into port or Douro table wine and thus loses its special character.

The Guedes family of Sogrape, Portugal’s biggest wine producer, have the means and the will to showcase this special plot. It was initially the idea of the late Fernando Guedes to produce...