Monthly Archives: February 2015

Visiting Taylor’s in Porto

GS6A1744

The story of Taylor’s starts with Job Bearsley arriving in Porto in 1692, he was initially in the red wine trade. Job first born son Peter would also come to live in Porto and so did Peters three sons Bartholomew, Charles and Francis. Francis Bearsley outlived all his brothers and remained a partner in the Oporto house for 61 years from 1744 until his death in 1805.

After Francis’ death there was no suitable family members to run the business and those who tried failed and had to give in. In 1808, as Napoleon advanced in his war, it was clear that all property was better to not be on British hand, in the interest of preserving it.

A American descented from Turkey, John Camo would take over ownership and run the company from 1808 to 1812 where his largest challenges was getting shipments of port to Britain despite the war raging.

Joseph Taylor, who had already been in the London part of the business for a long while, took over the lead of company, he became sole owner in 1826. In 1835 he looked for successors and had Morgan Yeatman, a wine trader from Britain and John Fladgate a son of a contact in sight to run the company. John moved to  Oporto in 1836 and signed the contact with the new company name in 1838 with Morgan Yeatman. Taylor Fladgate & Yeatman. John focused on the wine making and Morgan on the business.

The rest of the story is even longer and should be read on Taylor’s own website

GS6A1745

The collection of old bottles that you will see at every port house.

GS6A1747A view of the very cask inspired and in casks constructed bar.

GS6A1748GS6A1750Taylor’s have a serious and stunning amount of large vats.

GS6A1752GS6A1753These vats hold around 6000 to 16000 Litre of port.

GS6A1754GS6A1756As long as the lodges are, just as long are the endless rows of casks.

GS6A1757The largest vat in Vila Nova de Gaia, holding in about 100000 Litre of port.

GS6A1759A view from the terrace around the bar. A view of the roofs of the many Taylor’s cellars.

 

Offley Colheita Porto 1997

GS6A5674Read all about Offley here: Visiting Offley in Porto

I was given this 750 ml bottle at 20% as a present, but it was bought in a Danish super market.

Red with brown notes in the colour, a deep amber and wood shine to it.

The aroma comes off with a heavy dried fruit scent and some alcohol makes it way through.

Spiced flavours, some tannin, different dried fruits in the taste that develops into a distinct  raisin in the after taste.

Overall rating 88 / 100

Visiting Offley in Porto

GS6A1761

Offley was founded in London in 1737 by William Offley, the company started out as a wine merchant, Offley was soon exporting wines and later began to produce its own Porto Wine.

Joseph James Forrester joined the company in the 1830’s and his entire adult life in Portugal was devoted to the Douro river and Porto Wine. Forrester was the first to chart the Douro River and Valley, an accomplishment that earned him recognition from and entry into various European Geography and Art societies.

Sogrape Vinhos merged with Forrester & Cª., Holder of Offley.

GS6A1762

Offley have very long and what seems to be endless cellars of casked port.

GS6A1764Some of the tunnels have a slightly lower temperature than those under the wooden roofs.

GS6A1765GS6A1766The large vats with 13000 Litre of Tawny port in each.

GS6A1767More casks with Tawny port.