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1944 Wine and Port Vintage

Vintage Summary and Recommendations: 1944-vintage-port

Welcome to Vintage Wine and Port's 1944 wine page. Read on for our summary of the 1944 vintage, our top recommendations and region reports. Scroll down to see all of our wines currently available. If you cannot find what you are looking for please call us on 01425 837177 or Contact Us. We would love to help you with your wine choice!

For Bordeaux, 1944 was another good year, benefitting from great weather. Although Italy was badly affected by the war, the limited wines that were made tended to be very good. Some of the best Barolos may even still drink well today. Port, again, went undeclared but some very good Colheita and Tawny Ports were made and should still be drinking well now.

Our Wine Expert currently recommends the following wines for this year:

  • Quinta da Devesa 19844 Colheita Port
  • Barolo 1944 Giacomo Borgogno Riserva

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    Italian: The 1944 Italian Vintage was overshadowed by the war, however a limited number of bottles were still made. The best examples come from Barolo and the area of Piemonte and these are fine wines that will still be drinking well today.
    Portugal: The 1944 Port vintage was not declared; no Vintage Port or Single Quinta port was produced in this year. However, some excellent Colheita and Tawny Ports from 1944 were made and we are proud to offer one of the largest collections in the UK. Making the perfect 75 year old wine gifts for a birthday or anniversary, these Colheita ports are true rarities which have been barrel aged until a special bottling commissioned by Vintage Wine and Port. These colheita ports from the 1944 harvest have already undergone oxidative ageing and as with all tawny port can therefore be savoured over two months after opening.

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    Quinta da Devesa, 1944

    Colheita Port in presentation box
    ***95 Points - Robert Parker***
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    Quinta da Devesa 1944 Tawny Colheita Port.
    We are delighted to exclusively bring you a piece of history. This was one of the earliest surviving vintages made by Quinta da Devesa after it was acquired by the Fortunato family (in 1941). The 1944 is made from grapes harvested in that year - when the world was at war. The casks have been carefully maintained by the family, ageing gracefully until it was bottled in 2022. The the current generation are delighted to be able to share this rare Port with you, its longevity a testament to the previous generations who put so much care and attention into its creation back in 1944.
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    Price: $488.45 USD
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    Quinta da Devesa

    80 Year Very Very Old Tawny Port, DOC Douro
    Presented in Devesa Wooden Gift Case

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    Quinta da Devesa 80 Year Aged Tawny Port

    To celebrate their 80th anniversary, Quinta da Devesa decided to bottle for the first time this extraordinary and rare wine, a wine which has been matured and concentrated over decades in their Douro cellars. This exclusive limited-edition wine comes from a very small number of casks that have been exclusively reserved for the family; unique treasures from Antónia and José Fortunato Júnior’s legacy, the members of the family who originally acquired Quinta da Devesa in 1941. Today Quinta da Devesa continues to be an independent family Port Wine producer and is honoured to share the experience of enjoying this special and unique wine with Port Wine aficionados all over the world.
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    Price: $775.01 USD
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    Barolo, 1944

    Giacomo Borgogno - Riserva

    Barolo is known as the 'king of wines' and is made from the Nebbiolo grape. Heady aromas of rose, leather, vanilla, cherry, pepper, cranberry, strawberry. Fruits are perfectly knitted with the tannins and acidity. It's a powerful wine but remarkably subtle. Don't underestimate it and certainly serve it with food to show at it's best. Nebbiolo has naturally high tannins and acidity, so it will take on full-flavoured, rich foods with no problem at all.
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    Price: $454.59 USD
    Stock: 5 in Stock

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    Real Companhia Vinicola do Norte de Portugal, 1944

    Colheita Port

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    Price: $775.01 USD
    Stock: 1 in Stock

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    Fonseca Port, 1944

    Vintage Port Late Bottled in 1948

    A very rare bottle from a wartime vintage.

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    Price: $1,947.30 USD
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