2012 brought some unexpected surprises in terms of climate and viticulture, but nothing like 2013 had in store for us. After two very dry years, it started to rain heavily in the early winter of 2012 with little let up until April. If, on the one hand, this rain was important for replenishing soil water levels, on the other, it represented a major threat in phytosanitary terms, but nothing that greater control could not resolve. At this stage, it was also very cold, exacerbated by the arrival of spring but temperatures that were not too high. Summer was also mild, hindering grape maturation, especially in terms of phenolic compounds, and resulting in a delayed harvest. In such an unusually wet year, the musts were inevitably less concentrated than in 2012, but offset by an unrivalled freshness and fruitiness. In the final analysis, it was a year of high quality port and Douro wines with a personality very much their own.