Villar d'Allen 20 Year Old Port, the restart of a family with a long tradition

DSC_6753 I have already talked here about one of the most interesting discoveries in the Port history of the last years. I’m talking about Villar d’Allen, a family with a very respectable and fascinating past as Port Wine producers and merchants. Fortunately, for the Port Wine lovers and collectors, Allen family is back in business.DSC_5097 - Version 2

Few months ago the Allens challenged us at Quevedo to make a special blend of a 20 Year Old Port for them. As you can imagine, this was very hard but also very pleasant. We tasted different barrels at our winery and others of at my family’s cellar. We also tried very old bottles of Port Wine still remaining in the Allen’s cellar (how great some of those bottles showed!!) to identify the style and characteristics of their Ports. Also reciprocate visits were made.

Finally, we presented a blend that was so well received by José Alberto and Tomás Allen, bothDSC_6736

father and son, that we bottled late in 2010. We only made 500 bottles of this 20 Year Old edition, which the Allens presented to friends in their estate, located in Freixo, Porto.

After these stressing months working on Villar d’Allen 20 Year Old, I feel a little bit more relaxed and tremendously happy and proud to make this come true to this lovely family. Check Villar d’Alllen’s blog and if you come to Porto ask for a visit, and enjoy an unknown family museum


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  1. Pattiande Thursday February 3rd, 2011 | reply
    What an exciting moment!! Love seeing the family back in business!!

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