Port Vintage Report: Exceptional Vintage, very delicate. All companies declared production. Still very good in 1978, according to Ben Howkins. In July, according to Ernest Cockburn, news from the Douro was alarming, there being the anticipation of a late and very small vintage due to phylloxera. Unstable weather in July and August, but the harvests, begun in mid-September, took place in excellent weather. However, at Cima Corgo, very scarce production, half that of the previous year. Many landlords decided not to cultivate their vines.