Ebooks about Port and the Douro

Welcome to my small but tasty library of hand-crafted ebook versions of some of the most memorable books published in the 19th century about Port and the Douro.

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The Illustrated Douro


In the second half of the nineteenth century, little was know about the Douro wine-region and the production and trading of port-wine. This changed almost overnight when professor Júlio Máximo de Oliveira Pimentel, chemist, viticulturist and Viscount of Villa Maior together with his companion, the well-known painter, João Pedroso published their observations made during an adventures trip following the river Douro from the highlands of Spain until its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean.

Their work, The Illustrated Douro was published in 1876, describing in Portuguese, French and English, the wine district, its principal vineyards and the people and methods involved in the production, storage and trade of Port-wine. This publication included 25 wood engravings and a photolitographic map based on a survey of Baron the Forrester.

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Facts about Port and Madeira


When reading about the history of Port or Madeira, Facts about Port and Madeira is undoubtedly one of the most referenced publications. It is a detailed account of an adventures journey to the Douro, Porto and Madeira made in 1877 by Henry and Ernest Vizetelly.

Their work was published in 1880, describing in a vivid and entertaining way the vineyards, people and methods involved in the production, storage and trade of Dourense and Madeirense fortified wines, illustrated by Ernest with 100 engravings.

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Facts about Port and Madeira – Special Edition

In the Special Edition of Facts about Port and Madeira, line art of the original ebook version has been replaced by 45 highly detailed images of original illustrations by William Prater, generously made available by Sogrape Vinhos, for exclusive use on this publication. The original illustrations are part of the private Collection of the House of Sandeman and can be seen in the Museum of Sandeman in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.

The Special Edition of Facts about Port and Madeira is available as ebook and PFD file.

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Chapters on Port, Oporto and the Douro (second edition)

Chapters on Port, Oporto and the Douro, is a growing collection of chapters on Port, Oporto and the Douro, written down in books published between 1844 and 1946. 

All chapters are about the production and trade of Port Wine and the life in Oporto and the vineyards in the Douro valley.

The texts are reconstructed from digital images provided by various online libraries

In this second edition, chapters are included from:

Lusitanian Sketches of Pen and Pencil – 1844
History and Description of Modern Wines – 1860
Treatise of the Origens, Nature and Varieties of Wine – 1872
Portugal Old and New – 1882
A Treatise on Wines 1896
Oporto, Old and New – 1899
Portugal, its land and people – 1909
The went to Portugal – 1946

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