In 1918, a few months before the Armistice, Manoel Domingues Poças Júnior, who had been born in the heart of the Port Wine hustle and bustle, decided to establish his own company. Manoel Poças was 30 years old and he had some experience in this business. With his uncle, he created a company to sell grape spirits to large Port Wine shippers. Soon afterwards he opened a head office in Vila Nova de Gaia, where they remain to this day. Today, with three quintas in the best winemaking areas of the Douro Demarcated Region, Poças ensures its total control over the quality of its wines and the family is more involved than ever before.
Gold Medal, Sommelier Wine Awards, 2019: ‘Very impressive,’ began team leader Charlie Young as Poças added a Gold to its pair of port medals, finding it to be ‘mineral on the nose, with spicy oak, and palate that is deep and full, leading to a finish that is long and persistent, with grapefruit-like acidity and a buttery spiced core’. ‘Structure, power and poise’, summarised Grape Times UK’s Harry Crowther, who praised its ‘good focus and finesse’. 94 points - Wine Enthusiast & Robert Parker. Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak, 2022. “13% alcohol. This is a blend of Arinto and Codega from Numão in the Douro Superior. This is quite a special wine. Grandly packaged. Lovely taut, fresh aromatics of citrus fruit with a hint of herbs and some lovely matchstick/flint mineral framing. In the mouth this has great concentration and freshness, with a hint of hazelnut, chiselled and tight with keen acidity, and a core of citrus fruit. There’s a very faint oiliness, and a bit of bitter grapefruit pith character right in the background. Such a lovely wine with its linear fruit and reductive framing, picked nice and early and vinified well. 94/100”.