The first vintage of Broadbent port was produced in 1994, when Bartholomew Broadbent, after spearheading the port revival in the U.S. and Canada, launched his own brand. That inaugural vintage was voted best-in-show at a comprehensive tasting of vintage port during the Aspen Food & Wine Classic. Broadbent port is made, to Broadbent’s specifications, by the esteemed winemaker Dirk Niepoort.
Region: Douro, Portugal
Year Founded: First Vintage 1994
Proprietors: Bartholomew Broadbent
Winemaker: Dirk Niepoort , Luís Seabra, BartholomewBroadbent (blender), Nick Delaforce (technical director).
Size of property: Grapes supplied by Niepoort
Terroir: When describing the Douro Valley, Dirk Niepoort proclaims it the “hardest, most impressive, intense and expressive wine region in the world. It is more complicated than any other wine area I know, usually southern exposure is the best, but in the Douro we have about 45,000 hectares under vine, with vineyards ranging from 80 to 800 meters. The soils are mostly schist but there are variations within the schist, as well as granitic soils.
Annual Production: 500 cases/6,000 bottles
Varieties Cultivated: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cao and up to 80 other Portuguese varietals.