1963 Port Vintage Report

1963 vintage ports are the benchmark against which others are compared: the Vintage is considered to be legendary. The perfect 57 year old wine gift for a birthday or anniversary, anyone born in 1963 has a wine for life. Cockburn, Croft, Dow, Fonseca, Graham, Quinta do Noval Nacional, Taylor and Warre all stand out amongst a uniformly excellent field of producers. The combination of a near-perfect growing season and temperate weather during the harvest made for this incredible vintage - nearly all the shippers produced supremely balanced and well-structured wines for a full-on declaration. Ports from this year never fail to impress with their essential three components of fruit, tannin and elegance. Aging supremely and retaining their youth, these ports often appear to be younger than they actually are!

49 products found.

Palmer Port, 1963

Single Harvest Tawny Port
50cl Bottle

1963 Colheita Port - 50cl Bottle. Exclusive to VWP.
This rare port-wine has been stored in seasoned oak casks since the 1963 harvest until it was bottled this year.

Tasting Notes: The 1963 Port from Palmer has a light oak colour with a verdant edge on the rim highlighting a colheita of exceptional age and quality. Much elegance on the nose with orange peel, walnuts, figs and a touch of honey. On the palate there is a lightness that is balanced by a good acidity. This port wine delivers a beautiful flavour supported by a long, long finish. Outstanding.

STORAGE
The wine is ready to drink and does not require decanting.
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Price: £169.00
Stock: 26 in Stock

Borges Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port SINGLE BOTTLE 75cl

Very bright red-orange. Very bright and clear. The nose is full of fruity red berries, caramel, jammy plums and strawberries. On the palate is overwhelmingly fruity with lovely caramel notes. The tannins have resolved into softness and the finish is very long. Excellent.


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Price: £189.00
Stock: 28 in Stock

Cavendish port (South Africa), 1963

Vin de Liqueur (Port)
Damaged label

This is a port style wine from Cavendish in South Africa.
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Price: £159.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Cockburn Port, 1963

Vintage Port

"Perfectly integrated and showing cherry, raspberry, baker's spices and hints of fig on the nose and palate. With air the fruit became more plummy in character and picked up more complex dried fruit notes. It's sweet, but not Graham's or Fonseca sweet and there's actually some nice acidity to the wine that keeps it fresh. Seamless with the alcohol sewn into the fabric of the wine nicely." Cellar Tracker 2012

'Bright ruby red. Full rich red chocolate spicy aroma. Ripe rich round slightly hot fruit on the palate'. Cellar Tracker tasted 2005.
Rating 94/100 (CT)



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Price: £249.00
Stock: 26 in Stock

Croft Port, 1963

Vintage Port

91 points Wine Spectator:

"Has great elegance and harmony, and should continue to improve for many years. Medium ruby-red, with very fresh plum aromas, medium-bodied, with very delicate fresh fruit flavors, lively acidity and a delicate finish." (01/89)
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Price: £199.00
Stock: 11 in Stock

Croft Port, 1963

Vintage Port

The Croft 1963 Vintage Port is a legendary wine from a great vintage.

91 points Wine Spectator:
"Has great elegance and harmony, and should continue to improve for many years. Medium ruby-red, with very fresh plum aromas, medium-bodied, with very delicate fresh fruit flavours, lively acidity and a delicate finish." (01/89)


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Price: £199.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

Croft Port, 1963

Vintage Port
Sold with plain labels

The Croft 1963 Vintage Port is a legendary wine from a great vintage.

91 points Wine Spectator:
"Has great elegance and harmony, and should continue to improve for many years. Medium ruby-red, with very fresh plum aromas, medium-bodied, with very delicate fresh fruit flavours, lively acidity and a delicate finish." (01/89)


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Price: £169.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

Croft Port, 1963

Vintage Port
Jacobsens Copenhagen slip labels

91 points Wine Spectator:

"Has great elegance and harmony, and should continue to improve for many years. Medium ruby-red, with very fresh plum aromas, medium-bodied, with very delicate fresh fruit flavors, lively acidity and a delicate finish." (01/89)
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Price: £249.00
Stock: 12 in Stock

Dalva, 1963

Vintage Port


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Price: £189.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Delaforce Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port (Plain label - embossed capsules)

From the legendary 1963 vintage the Delaforce 1963 is a light ruby red colour to a brown rim. Aromas of cherries and nuts. Medium bodied with cinnamon, spice, and earth. Moderate finish.
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Price: £179.00
Stock: 13 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1963

Vintage Port
Plain labels | Embossed capsules

A superb port from a top, top vintage which has certainly continued to improve over the last forty nine years. It is close to its optimum with an excellent structure, complex multi-faceted taste and aroma. Very smooth, slightly sweet and sublimely easy to drink featuring attractive, mellow fruitcake flavours and lightness on the palate.


"A beautiful rich nose of roasted coffee beans, cherry liqueur and Asian spice. The palate is smooth, hedonistic and loaded with sweet red fruits such as strawberries and raspberries. There is a saturated quality to this Dow, a sense of completeness that I love.
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Price: £195.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1963

Vintage Port
Hedges and Butler Labels | Embossed capsules

A superb port from a top, top vintage which has certainly continued to improve over the last forty nine years. It is close to its optimum with an excellent structure, complex multi-faceted taste and aroma. Very smooth, slightly sweet and sublimely easy to drink featuring attractive, mellow fruitcake flavours and lightness on the palate.


"A beautiful rich nose of roasted coffee beans, cherry liqueur and Asian spice. The palate is smooth, hedonistic and loaded with sweet red fruits such as strawberries and raspberries. There is a saturated quality to this Dow, a sense of completeness that I love.
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Price: £225.00
Stock: 5 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1963

Vintage Port
Charles Qinloch labels

A superb port from a top, top vintage which has certainly continued to improve over the last forty nine years. It is close to its optimum with an excellent structure, complex multi-faceted taste and aroma. Very smooth, slightly sweet and sublimely easy to drink featuring attractive, mellow fruitcake flavours and lightness on the palate.


"A beautiful rich nose of roasted coffee beans, cherry liqueur and Asian spice. The palate is smooth, hedonistic and loaded with sweet red fruits such as strawberries and raspberries. There is a saturated quality to this Dow, a sense of completeness that I love.
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Price: £225.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1963

Vintage Port
Plain label and capsule | identification from cork visible through glass

A superb port from a top, top vintage which has certainly continued to improve over the last 6 decades. It is close to its optimum with an excellent structure, complex multi-faceted taste and aroma. Very smooth, slightly sweet and sublimely easy to drink featuring attractive, mellow fruitcake flavours and lightness on the palate.

"A beautiful rich nose of roasted coffee beans, cherry liqueur and Asian spice. The palate is smooth, hedonistic and loaded with sweet red fruits such as strawberries and raspberries. There is a saturated quality to this Dow, a sense of completeness that I love. An opulent chocolaty finish - very long and attractive.
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Price: £185.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1963

Vintage Port
Oporto bottled

A superb port from a top, top vintage which has certainly continued to improve over the last forty nine years. It is close to its optimum with an excellent structure, complex multi-faceted taste and aroma. Very smooth, slightly sweet and sublimely easy to drink featuring attractive, mellow fruitcake flavours and lightness on the palate.


"A beautiful rich nose of roasted coffee beans, cherry liqueur and Asian spice. The palate is smooth, hedonistic and loaded with sweet red fruits such as strawberries and raspberries. There is a saturated quality to this Dow, a sense of completeness that I love.
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Price: £225.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Feuerheerd Port, 1963

Vintage Port (plain label, embossed capsule)

The 1963 Feuerheerd is clean, well-focused fruit flavours and a fresh, balanced finish. Medium tawny with a ruby hue, fresh black cherry aromas, medium-bodied, with very clean cherry flavours and a long, balanced finish.
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Price: £195.00
Stock: 9 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 1963

Vintage Port Bottled by Mathew Gloag and Son (Plain label - top shoulder / in neck - chipped embossed capsule)

The 1963 vintage port from Fonseca is, one of the great modern-day classics of vintage port, is an incredibly aromatic, sublime, majestic port that simply defines Fonseca's style perfectly

*** 96 Points Robert Parker **

Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic and most complex port. It excels in its magnificently complex, intense bouquet of plummy, cedary, spicy fruit and long, broad, expansive flavors. With its lush, seductive character, one might call it the Pomerol of Vintage ports.

"The 1963, one of the great modern-day classics of vintage port, is an incredibly aromatic, sublime, majestic port that simply defines Fonseca's style perfectly.
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Price: £315.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 1963

Vintage Port Bottled by Mathew Gloag and Son (Plain label - in neck - damaged capsule)

The 1963 vintage port from Fonseca is, one of the great modern-day classics of vintage port, is an incredibly aromatic, sublime, majestic port that simply defines Fonseca's style perfectly

*** 96 Points Robert Parker **

Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic and most complex port. It excels in its magnificently complex, intense bouquet of plummy, cedary, spicy fruit and long, broad, expansive flavors. With its lush, seductive character, one might call it the Pomerol of Vintage ports.

"The 1963, one of the great modern-day classics of vintage port, is an incredibly aromatic, sublime, majestic port that simply defines Fonseca's style perfectly.
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Price: £295.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 1963

Vintage Port Bottled by Mathew Gloag and Son (Plain label - in neck - Good embossed capsule)

The 1963 vintage port from Fonseca is, one of the great modern-day classics of vintage port, is an incredibly aromatic, sublime, majestic port that simply defines Fonseca's style perfectly

*** 96 Points Robert Parker **

Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic and most complex port. It excels in its magnificently complex, intense bouquet of plummy, cedary, spicy fruit and long, broad, expansive flavors. With its lush, seductive character, one might call it the Pomerol of Vintage ports.

"The 1963, one of the great modern-day classics of vintage port, is an incredibly aromatic, sublime, majestic port that simply defines Fonseca's style perfectly.
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Price: £345.00
Stock: 11 in Stock

Gonzales Byas Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port

The 1963 Gonzalas Byas Vintage Port from the legendary 1963 Vintage is from a good cellar and has excellent provenance. The company is more famous for its sherry but started selling port in the early 1900's. The main quinta was Quinta do Sabordella and was the sole purchaser of wines from Quinta do Roriz in the early 20th century (then owned by the Van Zellar family). The brand disappeared when it was acquired by Sandeman now part of Sogrape.
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Price: £185.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

Gould Campbell Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port (Peatling and Cawdron Bottling)


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Price: £225.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

Graham's Port, 1963

Vintage Port

Power, dimension and character are all hallmarks of this most memorable Vintage. Even after many years, the Graham’s 1963 never fails to impress, with its superbly balanced components of fruit, tannin and elegance. This wine conveys rose-petal aromas and the flavours of concentrated and caramelised fruit are in perfect balance. A legend in the history of Port.

"What a stunning 1963 vintage port this is! The bouquet draws you in, does not drag you in with its alcohol and reveals a fresh, well defined nose with a nutty edge, hints of cigar box and allspice. The palate is beautifully balanced,
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Price: £275.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Graham's Port, 1963

Vintage Port
Hedges and Butler Labels

Power, dimension and character are all hallmarks of this most memorable Vintage. Even after many years, the Graham’s 1963 never fails to impress, with its superbly balanced components of fruit, tannin and elegance. This wine conveys rose-petal aromas and the flavours of concentrated and caramelised fruit are in perfect balance. A legend in the history of Port.

"What a stunning 1963 vintage port this is! The bouquet draws you in, does not drag you in with its alcohol and reveals a fresh, well defined nose with a nutty edge, hints of cigar box and allspice. The palate is beautifully balanced,
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Price: £295.00
Stock: 12 in Stock

Graham's Port, 1963

Vintage Port
Grahams Finest Reserve label

"What a stunning 1963 vintage port this is! The bouquet draws you in, does not drag you in with its alcohol and reveals a fresh, well defined nose with a nutty edge, hints of cigar box and allspice. The palate is beautifully balanced, understated on the entry but building all the time, flashes of eucalyptus leading towards a more extrovert, clove tinged finish that hangs around the palate. Gorgeous Grahams! Tasted May 2009." Neil Martin, Wine Journal
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Price: £289.00
Stock: 10 in Stock

Graham's Port, 1963

Single Harvest Tawny Port

This exceptional old Tawny Port brings together the finest crafts of Graham’s long winemaking tradition. It was made in one of the most celebrated years of the 20th century for Port – 1963. In this vintage, Graham’s produced both outstanding Vintage Port (aged in bottle) and Tawny Port (aged in oak casks). This 1963 Single Harvest Old Tawny Port has been aged in seasoned oak casks (barrels) for just over half a century and epitomizes Graham’s hallmark complexity, elegance and balance. The wine was made from grapes grown at Graham’s flagship Douro Valley vineyard in northern Portugal: Quinta dos Malvedos.
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Price: £395.00
Stock: 3 in Stock