Porto Cruz holds the esteemed position as the No. 1 Port brand globally, distributing 11 million bottles across 50 countries. Rooted in history, it stands as one of the oldest wine estates at Quinta de Ventozelo in the renowned Douro Valley. Its origins trace back to the 19th century at Gran Cruz House, founded in 1887, while its vineyards and estate harken back to Roman times, reflecting the rich heritage of the Douro Valley. The family’s enduring commitment to both tradition and innovation continues to flourish.
Acquired by the La Martiniquaise Group in 1956, Porto Cruz is now part of the second-largest French spirit company. The group’s extensive portfolio spans the globe, featuring global brands like Cutty Sark, Glen Moray, and St Raphaël. The inclusion of Port Cruz aligns with the group’s long-term vision.
The Art of Port:
The distinctive microclimate of the Douro Valley and centuries-old winemaking techniques contribute to the excellence of Porto Cruz’s famous Port wines. Fortified and historically sold from the coastal city of Porto, these wines are crafted with meticulous control, blending tradition and modern techniques. The Gran Cruz estates boast some of the region’s oldest port stocks, resulting in unique fortified wines.
Beginning with grape varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Franca, and Tinta Roriz, grown predominantly across the estate, the winemaking process involves careful harvesting, crushing, destemming, and pressing. Fermentation of the grape or juice is followed by fortification with a spirit (Agurdante) to preserve natural sweetness, giving Port its distinctive character. The wines are then stored in oak barrels, some ageing for a minimum of 3 years and others much longer, enhancing their aromas.
Porto Cruz Wine Collection:
- Cruz Tawny Port: Aged to perfection, this Tawny offers a delightful blend of dried fruits, nuts, and a velvety texture.
- Cruz Vintage Port: Crafted from the finest grapes of exceptional vintages.
- Cruz White Port: Fresh, light, and ideal for cocktails, this Port surprises with its versatility.
- Gran Cruz Port: Aged for 10 years, featuring notes of candied fruit and spices.
Porto Cruz stands as a testament to Portugal’s winemaking heritage, presenting a unique and cherished offering to wine lovers worldwide.