1963 Port Vintage Report

1963 vintage ports are the benchmark against which others are compared: the Vintage is considered to be legendary. The perfect 56 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!

37 products found.

Burmester Port, 1963

Vintage Port

This Burmester vintage port from the outstanding 1963 vintage is now at its peak. As well as still having admirable sweetness and concentration, it has a wildness and richness about it. A tremendous finish that goes on for ever reveals its superb quality.
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Price: £295.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Burmester Port, 1963

Colheita Port

This Burmester vintage port from the outstanding 1963 vintage is now at its peak. As well as still having admirable sweetness and concentration, it has a wildness and richness about it. A tremendous finish that goes on for ever reveals its superb quality.
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Price: £225.00
Stock: 2 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: £179.00
Stock: 7 in Stock

Constantino Vintage port, 1963

Vintage Port

The port house Sociedad do Vinhos Porto Constantino was founded in 1877 and was a independent producer until it was acquired by the reputable Ferreira group.

The 1963 Constantino from the outstanding vintage is now a mature tawny colour. On the nose the bouquet is caramel and burnt sugar. The palate has a mature and generous taste with some sweetness left. Nice long finish. A beautiful mature port.
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Price: £189.95
Stock: 6 in Stock

Croft Port, 1963

Vintage Port


The 1963 Croft Vintage Port comes from a legendary vintage in the Douro. The nose is well defined and quite feminine with an exotic element of spices. The palate displays good concentration and balance. Still delicate with a great richness and elegance.




91 points Wine Spectator:
19/20 Jancis Robinson "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)

Rich and raisiny. Light nose. More than a hint of those cough sweets - Fisherman’s Friend – about it.
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Price: £159.00
Stock: 38 in Stock

Delaforce Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port (Unlabelled - 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: £159.00
Stock: 14 in Stock

Dow's Port, 1963

Vintage Port

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: 8 in Stock

Feuerheerd Port, 1963

Vintage Port (unlabelled)

The 1963 Feuerheerd is clean, well-focused fruit flavours and a fresh, balanced finish. Medium red 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: £189.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 1963

Vintage Port (Unlabelled - good capsule)
Top Shoulder Level

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: £245.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 1963

Vintage Port Army and Navy label
Very Top Shoulder

*** 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." Robert Parker 1989.
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Price: £255.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 1963

Vintage Port (Unlabelled - damaged capsule)
High Shoulder Level

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: £195.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Fonseca Port, 1963

Vintage Port (Unlabelled - good capsule)
High Shoulder Level

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: £225.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Gould Campbell Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port (Peatling and Cawdron Bottling)


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Price: £225.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Graham's Port, 1963

Vintage Port Grants of St James Label

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: £249.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Graham's Port, 1963

Vintage Port (Oporto Labels)

The Graham’s 1963 Vintage Port 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. Power, dimension and character are all hallmarks of this most memorable Vintage.

"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.
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Price: £269.00
Stock: 2 in Stock

Krohn Port, 1963

Colheita (Single Harvest) Port

The 1963 Krohn tawny port is beautifully mature and still at its peak with a little tannin. Full bodied with toffee notes. Nicely sweet with an elegance and harmony. Long finish 93/100 (TC - VWP) tasted October 2016.


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Price: £195.00
Stock: 6 in Stock

Messias Port, 1963

Colheita Single Harvest Tawny Port

*** 94 Points - Robert Parker ***

***96 Points-The Wine Enthusiast***

Reviews
"The 1963 Colheita Port is an old vines field blend bottled in 2014 with a long cork. Fresh, rich and bright on the finish, this has a whiff of brandy, but it is surprisingly clean and youthful for its age. It lingers nicely, finally showing all of those old Tawny flavours. It's sweet caramel nuances are especially delectable on the juicy finish, but they weren't so defined and nuanced early on. I wasn't as thrilled on the first tastes, but by the fourth day, its beautiful acidity took over and made it multidimensional.
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Price: £199.00
Stock: 6 in Stock

Offley Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port MAGNUM

From the outstanding 1963 vintage. This port is a beautiful pale red with distinct bricking. Tropical fruits on the nose, with fresh mint clearly showing. Sweet brown sugar impact; hot mid-palate and a sweet late palate full of stewed plums. Big levels of acidity. Very hot aftertaste. Gentle finish of dry espresso, very long and with plums.

Reviews "Bright and vibrant appearance. Superb dried fruit and nut nose - christmas cakey, with really good concentrated spicy black fruit streak with tar. Good fruit on attack - concentrated and remarkably fresh. Very smooth and rich. Very classy indeed.
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Price: £549.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Quinta do Noval Nacional, 1963

Noval Nacional (in neck)

Noval is particularly famous for its Nacional, a Port produced in some years only from a 2 hectare parcel at the heart of the Noval vineyard where ungrafted pre phylloxera vines survive.

"Last July I enjoyed this "legend" at Noval and consumed my share of an entire bottle that was opened for our small group of Port journalists. This VP had a very dark ruby color and was clearly from a perfectly stored bottle. The 1963 is as lithe and graceful as a trapeze artist, and showed what perfection in balance is all about. It is not easy for Port to get much better than this. Sweet, spicy, grapey, mint, big, bold, brash are all apt descriptors.
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Price: £4900.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Quinta do Noval Port, 1963

Vintage Port

Medium dark red towards garnet, with plum, ripe berry, chocolate and tar aromas and flavors, this medium-bodied Port is now showing very nicely in its maturity. Moderate and very soft tannins, with sweet tobacco and cherry flavors on the finish.

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Price: £169.00
Stock: 4 in Stock

Quinta do Noval Port, 1963

Vintage Port

Medium dark red towards garnet, with plum, ripe berry, chocolate and tar aromas and flavors, this medium-bodied Port is now showing very nicely in its maturity. Moderate and very soft tannins, with sweet tobacco and cherry flavors on the finish.

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Price: £159.00
Stock: 12 in Stock

Real Vinicola, 1963

Vintage Port

This 1963 vintage port from Real Vinicola is a real rarity. The colour of barley sugar. A faint smell of caramel on the nose. Quite thick and sweet in the mouth. Lots of barley sugar, brown sugar and burnt toffee over the top of bitter orange. Very pleasant.

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Price: £189.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Rebello Valente Vintage Port, 1963

Vintage Port (bottled by Berry Brothers)

Mid coloured red centre with an orange colour rim. Spring flowers on the nose (elderflower?). Medium mid-palate with butterscotch and caramel. Some tingle in the aftertaste that delivers more than you would expect.
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Price: £189.00
Stock: 6 in Stock

Royal Oporto, 1963

Colheita Single Harvest Tawny Port
Presented in an Oak case

Tasted at the Port Forum

Review "Mid-orange colour, slightly cloudy. Little on the nose, perhaps a touch of VA. Sweet entry, with a lovely balancing acidity. Lots of smokey orange and a slight dry edge - even some tannin! A wine that becomes mouthfilling and develops nicely on the palate. Big finish; dry, fruity and full of marmalade. A lovely wine. 88/100. AHB" The Port Forum.
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Price: £145.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

Royal Oporto, 1963

Vintage Port

The colour of barley sugar. A faint smell of caramel on the nose. Quite thick and sweet in the mouth. Lots of barley sugar, brown sugar and burnt toffee over the top of bitter orange. Very pleasant.
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Price: £169.95
Stock: 4 in Stock