|Goes well with||Blue Cheese, Cheeses, Chocolate, Duck|
|Grape type||Tinta Carvalha, Tinta Francisca, Touriga Nacional|
|Drinking style||Ripe, full-bodied, oaky|
On the 10th September 1756, The Real Companhia Velha was founded by Royal Charter of The King D. José I, under the auspices of His Prime Minister, Sebastião José de Carvalho e Mello, Count de Oeiras and Marquis de Pombal.
Formed by the most important farmers of the Upper Douro and the Good Men of the City of Oporto, the Company was entrusted with the task of "sustaining the cultivation of vines, conserving the production of them in their natural pureness, in benefit of Agriculture, Trade and Public Health. Among the numberless services performed by the Company in favour of the public, the outstanding, because of their enormous importance, were the so-called Pombaline Demarcation in the Douro Region, carried out between 1758 and 1761 by the Deputies of the Board of the Real Companhia Velha.
Thus the Port wine Region was delimited- being the oldest Demarcated Wine Region in the world. In 1781 the Real Companhia Velha, also known as Royal Oporto Wine Company, presented its Portos to the Imperial lips of Catherine of Russia, through large shipments made in steamers freighted for the purpose. This was the star of Portuguese Sea voyages to the Baltic ports and trade with that country. As a result of the Company's action, exports of the famous wines of the Douro Region underwent considerable and successive increases. During the French Invasions (1809), Napoleon's troops requisitioned the wines of Real Companhia Velha which thus came to be part of the rations of the French soldiers. Almost at the same time (1811), Lord Wellington and his troops were also consuming the Company's Porto Wines. The outstanding element in this was the supply of 300 barrels from the Company's warehouse at Régua, to the army then stationed in Lamego.
If a fine Port is left to age for many years in oak casks it will gradually lose its original deep purple colour and take on the delicate amber hue know as Tawny.Throughout the ageing process the wine gently breathes the air through the pores of the wood. The simple fruitiness of young wine gradually recedes giving way to a vast range of subtle, mellow aromas: spice, liquorice, walnut, vanilla, ripe jam fruit, and fine oak wood. It's the skill of the cellar master of Real Companhia Velha intervene to select among those fine Ports ageing for so long the suitable ones to integrate the 20 Year Old Blend.
All the experience and inspiration is required to foresee the present and the future devolepment of the Ports selected and to anticipate the touch that each individual one will provide to the blend.
There will be younger wine for vigour and freshness and older wine for complexity and breed. The aroma and flavour characteristic are in hands of the blenders who strive to create a wine in accordance with the company's style. The Real Companhia Velha 20 Year Old Tawny is rich, mellow and smooth with a subtle fruity taste well integrated and balanced. As a result of a long and careful ageing in selected oak casks it has developed a remarkable velvety flavour.