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ARVI THE SWISS VAULT OF FINE AND RARE WINES

A whole month dedicated to the discovery of Port

Here below a unique selection on PORT wines, something we have never been able to offer before! We managed to put together the probably most prestigious producers of this very special wine such as: Quinta Do Noval, Fonseca’s, Graham’s, Taylor’s and more. But let’s quickly recall what’s so special about port wines:
Production
Port is produced from grapes grown and processed in the Douro region. It is a fortified wine, by the addition of a neutral grape spirit known as aguardente to stop the fermentation, leaving residual sugar in the wine, and to boost the alcohol content. The fortification spirit is sometimes referred to as brandy, but it bears little resemblance to commercial brandies. The wine is then stored and aged, often in barrels stored in cellars, before being bottled. The wine received its name, "port", in the latter half of the 17th century from the seaport city of Porto at the mouth of the Douro River, where much of the product was brought to market or for export to other countries in Europe.
Grapes
Over a hundred varieties of grapes (in Portuguese - castas) are used for the production of port wines, although only five (Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Francesa, and Touriga Nacional) are widely cultivated and used. Touriga Nacional is widely considered the most desirable port grape but the difficulty in growing it and the small yields cause Touriga Francesa to be the most widely planted grape. White ports are produced the same way as red ports, except that they use white grapes – Donzelinho Branco, Esgana-Cão, Folgasão, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, Rabigato and Viosinho. Since the Phylloxera crisis, most vines are grown on grafted rootstock, with the notable exception of the ultra-rare Nacional area of Quinta do Noval, which, since being planted in 1925, has produced some of the most expensive and best vintage ports you will find.
Styles and types of port wine

Ruby - is the most extensively produced type of port. After fermentation, it is stored in tanks of concrete or stainless steel to prevent oxidative aging and preserve its bright red colour and full-bodied fruitiness. The wine is fined and cold filtered before bottling and does not generally improve with age, although premium rubies are aged in wood from four to 6 years.
Reserve – is a premium ruby port approved by the IVDP's tasting panel, the Câmara de Provadores. In 2002 the IVDP prohibited the use of the term "vintage character", as reserve ruby port had neither a single vintage nor the typical character of vintage port.
Tawny - are wines usually made from red grapes that are aged in wooden barrels exposing them to gradual oxidation and evaporation. As a result of this oxidation, they mellow to a golden-brown colour. The exposure to oxygen imparts "nutty" flavours to the wine, which is blended to match the house style. They are sweet or medium dry and typically consumed as a dessert wine. When a port is described as tawny, without an indication of age, it is a basic blend of wood-aged port that has spent time in wooden barrels, typically at least three years. Reserve tawny port has been aged about 7 years. The years in wood, is stated on the label, usually 10, 20, 30 or 40 years.
Colheita - is a single-vintage tawny port, aged for at least 7 years. Colheita port should not be confused with vintage port: a vintage port will spend only about 18 months in barrels after harvest and will continue to mature in bottle, but a Colheita may have spent 20 or more years in wooden barrels before being bottled and sold.
Garaffeira - Unusual and rare, vintage-dated Garrafeira combines the oxidative maturation of years in wood with further reductive maturation in large glass demijohns. It is required that wines spend between 3-6 years in wood, followed by at least a further eight years in glass, before bottling. Some connoisseurs describe Garrafeira as having a slight taste of bacon, the reason being that, during the second phase of maturation, certain oils may precipitate, causing a film to form across the surface of the glass. The word Garrafeira may also be found on some very old tawny labels, where the contents of the bottle are of exceptional age.

Late bottled vintage (LBV) - Late bottled vintage (LBV) was originally wine that had been destined for bottling as vintage port. Over time it has become two distinct styles of wine, both of them bottled between four and six years after the vintage, but one style is fined and filtered before bottling, while the other is not. LBV is intended to provide some of the experience of drinking a vintage port but without the need for lengthy bottle ageing. To a limited extent it succeeds, as the extra years of oxidative ageing in barrel does mature the wine more quickly.
LBV unfiltered – Unfiltered LBVs are mostly bottled with conventional driven corks and need to be decanted. After decanting they should be consumed within a few days. Recent bottlings are identified by the label "unfiltered", or "bottle matured", or both.
LBV filtered - The filtered wine has the advantage of being ready to drink without decanting and is usually bottled in a stoppered bottle that can be easily resealed.
Vintage port - Vintage ports may be aged in barrels or stainless steel for a maximum of 2.5 years before bottling, and generally require another 10 to 40 years of aging in the bottle before reaching what is considered a proper drinking age. Particularly fine vintage ports can continue to gain complexity for many decades after they were bottled. It is not uncommon for 19th-century bottles to still be in perfect condition for consumption. The oldest known vintage port still available, is from a shipper is the 1815 Ferreira.
Vintage port is made entirely from the grapes of a specific vintage/year. It is by far the most renowned type of port, but it only accounts for 2% of overall port production and not every vintage will have a vintage port. The decision to declare a vintage is made by each individual port house.
So let’s immerge in this special world and secure yourself some of finest, rarest and also most exclusive port wines you will find on the market – there is something for everyone!

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  • 75 cl
    Picture of King's Porto Vintage - Nicolas

    1954 King's Porto Vintage - Nicolas 1 bottles left

    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 344.65

    (75 cl)

    1954 King's Porto Vintage - Nicolas 1 bottles left

    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 344.65

  • 75 cl
    Picture of King's Porto Vintage - Nicolas

    1952 King's Porto Vintage - Nicolas 1 bottles left

    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 312.35

    (75 cl)

    1952 King's Porto Vintage - Nicolas 1 bottles left

    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 312.35

  • 75 cl
    Madeira Bual

    1954 Madeira Bual 1 bottles left

    Blandy's Madeiras
    Madeira · Portugal

    Special price CHF 527.75

    (75 cl)

    1954 Madeira Bual 1 bottles left

    Blandy's Madeiras
    Madeira · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 527.75

  • 75 cl
    Madeira Malmsey

    1964 Madeira Malmsey 9 bottles left

    Justino Henriques
    Madeira · Portugal

    Special price CHF 506.20

    (75 cl)

    1964 Madeira Malmsey 9 bottles left

    Justino Henriques
    Madeira · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 506.20

  • 75 cl
    Madeira Malmsey

    1933 Madeira Malmsey

    Justino Henriques
    Madeira · Portugal

    Special price CHF 581.60

    (75 cl)

    1933 Madeira Malmsey

    Justino Henriques
    Madeira · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 581.60

  • 75 cl
    Madeira Sercial

    1940 Madeira Sercial

    Justino Henriques
    Madeira · Portugal

    Special price CHF 430.80

    (75 cl)

    1940 Madeira Sercial

    Justino Henriques
    Madeira · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 430.80

  • 75 cl
    Madeira Verdelho

    1934 Madeira Verdelho

    Justino Henriques
    Madeira · Portugal

    Special price CHF 635.45

    (75 cl)

    1934 Madeira Verdelho

    Justino Henriques
    Madeira · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 635.45

  • 75 cl
    Noval Tawny Reserve

    NV Noval Tawny Reserve

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 24.75

    (75 cl)

    NV Noval Tawny Reserve 27 On arrival

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 24.75

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 148.50
  • 75 cl
    Porto 10 Yrs Old Tawny
    91
    by Robert Parker

    NV Porto 10 Yrs Old Tawny 8 bottles left

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 42.00

    (75 cl)
    91
    by Robert Parker

    NV Porto 10 Yrs Old Tawny 8 bottles left

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 42.00

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 252.00
  • 75 cl
    Porto 20 Yrs Old Tawny
    93
    by Robert Parker

    NV Porto 20 Yrs Old Tawny

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 74.30

    (75 cl)
    93
    by Robert Parker

    NV Porto 20 Yrs Old Tawny

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 74.30

  • 75 cl
    Porto Black

    NV Porto Black 10 bottles left

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 21.45

    (75 cl)

    NV Porto Black 10 bottles left

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 21.45

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 128.70
  • 75 cl
    Porto Extra Dry White

    NV Porto Extra Dry White

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 18.85

    (75 cl)

    NV Porto Extra Dry White

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 18.85

  • 75 cl
    Porto Fine Ruby

    NV Porto Fine Ruby

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 18.85

    (75 cl)

    NV Porto Fine Ruby

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 18.85

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 113.10
  • 75 cl
    Porto Fine White

    NV Porto Fine White 8 bottles left

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 18.85

    (75 cl)

    NV Porto Fine White 8 bottles left

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 18.85

  • 75 cl
    Picture of Porto House Reserve

    1971 Porto House Reserve

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 355.40

    (75 cl)

    1971 Porto House Reserve 1 On arrival

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 355.40

  • 75 cl
    Porto Lagrima White

    NV Porto Lagrima White

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 19.15

    (75 cl)

    NV Porto Lagrima White

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 19.15

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 114.90
  • 75 cl
    Porto LBV Unfiltered

    2014 Porto LBV Unfiltered

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 26.95

    (75 cl)

    2014 Porto LBV Unfiltered

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 26.95

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 161.70
  • 75 cl
    Porto Tawny

    NV Porto Tawny

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 18.85

    (75 cl)

    NV Porto Tawny

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 18.85

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 113.10
  • 75 cl
    Porto Tawny Colheita

    2007 Porto Tawny Colheita

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 52.75

    (75 cl)

    2007 Porto Tawny Colheita

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 52.75

  • 75 cl
    Porto Tawny Colheita
    92
    by Robert Parker

    2003 Porto Tawny Colheita

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 43.10

    (75 cl)
    92
    by Robert Parker

    2003 Porto Tawny Colheita

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 43.10

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 258.60
  • 75 cl
    Porto Tawny Colheita

    2000 Porto Tawny Colheita

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 56.00

    (75 cl)

    2000 Porto Tawny Colheita

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 56.00

  • 75 cl
    Porto Tawny Colheita

    1997 Porto Tawny Colheita

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 118.45

    (75 cl)

    1997 Porto Tawny Colheita

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 118.45

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 710.70
  • 75 cl
    Porto Tawny Colheita

    1995 Porto Tawny Colheita

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 134.65

    (75 cl)

    1995 Porto Tawny Colheita

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 134.65

    OWC/OC of 1: CHF 134.65
  • 75 cl
    Porto Tawny Colheita

    1976 Porto Tawny Colheita 9 bottles left

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 203.55

    (75 cl)

    1976 Porto Tawny Colheita 9 bottles left

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 203.55

    OWC/OC of 1: CHF 203.55
  • 75 cl
    Porto Vintage

    2019 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 68.95

    (75 cl)

    2019 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 68.95

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 413.70
  • 75 cl
    Porto Vintage

    2018 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 68.95

    (75 cl)

    2018 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 68.95

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 413.70
  • 75 cl
    Porto Vintage
    98
    by James Suckling

    2016 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 75.40

    (75 cl)
    98
    by James Suckling

    2016 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 75.40

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 452.40
  • 75 cl
    Porto Vintage
    96
    by Robert Parker

    2015 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 64.60

    (75 cl)
    96
    by Robert Parker

    2015 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 64.60

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 387.60
  • 75 cl
    Porto Vintage
    95
    by Robert Parker

    2013 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 106.60

    (75 cl)
    95
    by Robert Parker

    2013 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 106.60

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 639.60
  • 75 cl
    Porto Vintage

    2008 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 95.85

    (75 cl)

    2008 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 95.85

  • Porto Vintage
    96
    by Wine Spectator

    2003 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 47.40

    (37.5 cl)
    96
    by Wine Spectator

    2003 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 47.40

    OWC/OC of 12: CHF 568.80
  • Porto Vintage
    96
    by Wine Spectator

    2003 Porto Vintage

    Fonseca's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 47.40

    (37.5 cl)
    96
    by Wine Spectator

    2003 Porto Vintage

    Fonseca's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 47.40

    OWC/OC of 12: CHF 568.80
  • Porto Vintage

    2003 Porto Vintage

    Taylor's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 53.85

    (37.5 cl)

    2003 Porto Vintage

    Taylor's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 53.85

    OWC/OC of 12: CHF 646.20
  • Porto Vintage
    98
    by Robert Parker

    2000 Porto Vintage

    Taylor's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 47.40

    (37.5 cl)
    98
    by Robert Parker

    2000 Porto Vintage

    Taylor's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 47.40

    OWC/OC of 12: CHF 568.80
  • Porto Vintage

    2000 Porto Vintage

    Fonseca's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 47.40

    (37.5 cl)

    2000 Porto Vintage

    Fonseca's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 47.40

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 284.40
  • 75 cl
    Porto Vintage

    2000 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 134.65

    (75 cl)

    2000 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 134.65

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 807.90
  • Porto Vintage
    93
    by Robert Parker

    1997 Porto Vintage

    Fonseca's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 49.55

    (37.5 cl)
    93
    by Robert Parker

    1997 Porto Vintage

    Fonseca's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 49.55

    OWC/OC of 12: CHF 594.60
  • Porto Vintage
    96
    by Robert Parker

    1997 Porto Vintage

    Taylor's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 64.60

    (37.5 cl)
    96
    by Robert Parker

    1997 Porto Vintage

    Taylor's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 64.60

    OWC/OC of 12: CHF 775.20
  • Porto Vintage
    100
    by Wine Spectator

    1994 Porto Vintage

    Taylor's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 96.95

    (37.5 cl)
    100
    by Wine Spectator

    1994 Porto Vintage

    Taylor's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 96.95

  • 75 cl
    Porto Vintage

    1994 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 236.95

    (75 cl)

    1994 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 236.95

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 1’421.70
  • 75 cl
    Porto Vintage

    1985 Porto Vintage 10 bottles left

    Taylor's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 96.95

    (75 cl)

    1985 Porto Vintage 10 bottles left

    Taylor's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 96.95

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 581.70
  • 75 cl
    Porto Vintage

    1985 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 96.95

    (75 cl)

    1985 Porto Vintage

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 96.95

  • 75 cl
    Porto Vintage

    1977 Porto Vintage

    Taylor's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 161.55

    (75 cl)

    1977 Porto Vintage

    Taylor's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 161.55

  • 75 cl
    Picture of Porto Vintage

    1977 Porto Vintage

    Graham's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 118.45

    (75 cl)

    1977 Porto Vintage

    Graham's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 118.45

  • 75 cl
    Picture of Porto Vintage

    1970 Porto Vintage 4 bottles left

    Graham's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 204.65

    (75 cl)

    1970 Porto Vintage 4 bottles left

    Graham's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 204.65

  • 75 cl
    Porto Vintage

    1970 Porto Vintage 3 bottles left

    Taylor's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 204.65

    (75 cl)

    1970 Porto Vintage 3 bottles left

    Taylor's
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 204.65

  • 75 cl
    Porto Vintage

    1966 Porto Vintage 5 bottles left

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 516.95

    (75 cl)

    1966 Porto Vintage 5 bottles left

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 516.95

    OWC/OC of 6: CHF 3’101.70
  • 75 cl
    Porto Vintage Nacional
    97
    by Robert Parker

    2003 Porto Vintage Nacional

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal

    Special price CHF 1’077.00

    (75 cl)
    97
    by Robert Parker

    2003 Porto Vintage Nacional 6 On arrival

    Quinta Do Noval
    Porto · Douro · Portugal
    Bottles:

    CHF 1’077.00

    OWC/OC of 1: CHF 1’077.00
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