Insight into top fortified wines offered in the third edition of Port and the Douro

Third edition out now

Third edition out now

Unparalleled insight into the world of Port and Douro wines is promised in the third edition of Port and the Douro by Port expert Richard Mayson. 

From the history of the wine trade in Portugal (the grape is thought to have been brought there by the Phoenicians) to the present day, Port and the Douro claims to offer the definitive inside story of these wines.

In the new edition Mayson casts a knowledgeable and critical eye over one of the world’s greatest fortified wines. The updated book includes:

  • New information on the cultivation of the Douro’s vineyards
  • Tasting notes on vintages, which have been reappraised to bring them up-to-date
  • A comprehensive directory of Port producers and shippers
  • A new final chapter focusing on challenges and changes that might affect Port and the Douro in the future
  • An entire chapter dedicated to vintage Port, which includes harvests as recent as 2011 and information on vintages back to 1844

This updated edition of Port and the Douro provides a comprehensive study of port and its production, making it an indispensable reference guide to the world’s greatest fortified wine, the publisher claims.

Mayson entered the wine trade in 1984 and spent five years working for the Wine Society, the world’s oldest mail-order wine club. In 1987 he was awarded the Vintners’ Company Scholarship and spent three months in the vineyards of Iberia. 

Now based in the north of England, Mayson has been working as a freelance wine writer and lecturer since 1989. His first book, the award-winning Portugal’s Wines and Wine-Makers, was published in 1992, followed by a second edition in 1998. He also wrote The Story of Dow’s Port, published to coincide with the company’s bicentenary in 1998. The first edition of this book, published in 1999, was short-listed for the Andre Simon Award and the second edition, published in 2004, won the Symington Award of Excellence.  Mayson’s book The Wines and Vineyards of Portugal won the André Simon Award for the Drinks Book of the Year in 2003.      

Mayson has contributed to a number of publications, including the Oxford Companion to Wine and the Larousse Encyclopedia of Wine. He writes regularly for Decanter and the World of Fine Wine, and lectures to students at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London. 

Mayson currently divides his time between his home and business interests in the Derbyshire Peak District and the Alentejo, Portugal, where he owns a vineyard. In 1999 he became a Cavaleiro of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto.

Port and the Douro by Richard Mayson features illustrations by Leo Duff. It is published this month (November 2012) in hardback by Infinite Ideas and costs £30.00.