To celebrate their 300th birthday last year, famous Port house Quinta do Vallado bottled a piece of history


300th birthdays don’t come around often, so when they it’s only fair to push the boat out and world famous Port house Quinta do Vallado have done just that by bottling a piece of Port history. The Vallado ABF 1888 is an extremely old port named after Antonio Bernardo Ferreira, who in 1818 first bought the vineyard for the Ferreira family. Still Portuguese owned (a rarity in the Port region with so many famous international brands like Cockburns and Taylors becoming prominent in the area), Quinta do Vallado remains one of the oldest most famous “Quintas” in the Douro Valley.

ABF 1888 is a tribute to the ancestors of the current estate and was released in a limited edition run of only 933 bottles of 70cl, each numbered and packed within a solid bespoke walnut casing, along with with a decanter designed especially for the wine by Portuguese glassmakers Atlantis.

The wine was aged for 128 years before bottling and since its creation was kept with great care in three 650L casks. Unfortunately, due to evaporation, to which it was subjected to for over a century, the wine was reduced to 700L, still found within its original barrels, where it aged. What resulted from this process is a wine that is unbelievably concentrated and incredibly rare. Those that have the pleasure of trying it will immediately be greeted by its intensity and dramatic flavour.

ABF 1888 is available at Fazenda Manchester for £3000 a bottle, or £240 for a 50ml shot.